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Harris Health Ben Taub, LBJ Hospitals Receive National Heart, Stroke Recognition

HOUSTON (June 29, 2022) — Harris Health Ben Taub Hospital received national recognition for its heart and stroke care from the American Heart Association and the American Stroke Association. Additionally, Harris Health Lyndon B. Johnson Hospital also received national recognition for its heart resuscitation program. The recognitions reflect Harris Health System’s elite status for providing life-saving treatment and care to heart and stroke patients.

“Receiving these national recognitions for our outstanding heart and stroke care are clear indications of the incredible work performed by our dedicated and talented staff,” says Glorimar Medina, MD, executive vice president and administrator, Ben Taub Hospital. “Our multi-disciplinary teams at both our hospitals have only one thing in mind: providing patients the best possible care that meets or exceeds stringent national standards.”

Ben Taub Hospital—Recipient of 2022 national honors in heart and stroke care:

  • Mission: Lifeline STEMI Gold Plus for STEMI Receiving
  • Mission: Lifeline Gold for NSTEMI
  • Get With The Guidelines–Gold Plus for Heart Failure and Type 2 Diabetes
    • Target: Heart Failure Honor Roll
    • Target: Type 2 Diabetes Honor Roll
  • Get With The Guidelines–Stroke Gold Plus
    • Target: Stroke Honor Roll Elite
    • Target: Type 2 Diabetes Honor Roll
  • Get With The Guidelines–Resuscitation
    • Resuscitation Silver-Adult
    • Resuscitation Bronze-Adult

LBJ Hospital—Recipient of 2022 national honor in heart care:

  • Get With The Guidelines—Bronze for Resuscitation

Though best known for trauma and emergency care, Ben Taub and LBJ hospitals are building a national reputation of excellence in their care of brain and heart patients—particularly ST elevation myocardial infarction (STEMI) and non-ST elevation myocardial infarction (NSTEMI) at Ben Taub Hospital.

“I’m extremely proud of Harris Health’s commitment to provide evidence-based cardiac care to our patients and the community,” says Patricia Darnauer, executive vice president and administrator, LBJ Hospital. “Our community can trust the care they receive at our hospitals strives to improve their health and well-being when they need it the most.”

Hospitals receiving Get With The Guidelines® Gold Plus Achievement Awards ensure heart failure patients receive the most appropriate treatment according to nationally recognized, research-based guidelines. Ben Taub Hospital reached the aggressive goal of treating patients with 85% or higher compliance to core standard levels of care as outlined by AHA for two consecutive calendar years.
“LBJ Hospital is committed to improving patient care by adhering to the latest resuscitation guidelines,” says Reba Carethers, chair Code Blue Committee, LBJ Hospital. “’Get With The Guidelines’ makes it easy for our teams to put proven knowledge and guidelines to work on a daily basis, which studies show can help more patients who have cardiac arrest survive. The end goal is to ensure more people in Houston can experience longer, healthier lives."

Ben Taub Hospital is a Comprehensive Stroke Center certified by DNV Healthcare. As such, the hospital meets or exceeds quality achievement measures for the diagnosis and treatment of stroke patients. These measures include evaluation of the proper use of medications and other stroke treatments aligned with the most up-to-date, evidence-based guidelines with the goal of speeding recovery and reducing death and disability for stroke patients. Before discharge, patients receive education on managing their health, get a scheduled follow-up visit, as well as other care transition interventions.