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Ben Taub Hospital’s Cardiology, Stroke Services Garner National Recognition

HOUSTON (Aug. 26, 2021) — Harris Health System’s Ben Taub Hospital has received eight national recognitions for its treatment and care of heart attack, heart failure and stroke patients from the American Heart Association and the American Stroke Association. This comes on the heels of the hospital recently earning a Chest Center with Primary PCI Accreditation and a Chest Pain—MI Registry Platinum Performance Achievement Award from the American College of Cardiology.

Though best known for its trauma and emergency care, Ben Taub Hospital and Baylor College of Medicine have built a reputation of excellence in their care of brain and heart patients—particularly ST elevation myocardial infarction (STEMI) and non-ST elevation myocardial infarction (NSTEMI).

“These national recognitions for our outstanding heart and stroke care are testaments of the incredible work of our dedicated and talented staff,” says Dr. Glorimar Medina, executive vice president and administrator, Ben Taub Hospital. “Our multi-disciplinary teams have only one thing in mind: providing patients the best possible care that meets or exceeds stringent national standards established by the American College of Cardiology, the American Heart Association and the American Stroke Association.”

The 2021 national recognitions awarded to Ben Taub Hospital are:

  • Mission: Lifeline STEMI Gold Plus
  • Mission: Lifeline NSTEMI Gold
  • Get With The Guidelines–Heart Failure Gold Plus
  • Target: Heart Failure Honor Roll
  • Target: Type 2 Diabetes Honor Roll–HF
  • Get With The Guidelines–Stroke Gold Plus
  • Target: Stroke Elite Honor Roll
  • Target: Type 2 Diabetes Honor Roll–Stroke

As an accredited chest pain center, Ben Taub Hospital specializes in providing patients percutaneous coronary intervention (PCI) as a primary treatment for acute heart attacks. The rapid administering of PCI helps patients minimize damage to the heart muscle.

Dr. Sandeep Markan, chief of staff, Ben Taub Hospital, and professor, Baylor College of Medicine, says providing the best possible outcomes for patients is what drives the cardiology team to serve at the highest level of clinical care offered to patients.

“Our dedicated teams of cardiologists, cardiovascular interventionalists, the critical care unit staff, technicians and the nursing staff work seamlessly together to create synergy and positive outcomes for our patients,” Markan adds. “I am exceedingly proud of our cardiology team as they consistently provide the finest care to all our community.”

The Mission: Lifeline NSTEMI Gold recognition means the hospital has achieved at least two consecutive years with 65% or higher adherence to the dual antiplatelet therapy prescription at discharge and 75% or higher compliance on each of the other four quality measures.

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.
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.

“Our stroke program has consistently received the highest level quality awards,” says Dr. Lydia Jane Sharp, chief of Neurology, Ben Taub Hospital, and assistant professor, Neurology Department, Baylor College of Medicine. “These designations recognize the hard work and commitment to excellence of our entire staff. Our team never rests on their laurels, but rather always strives to provide our patients the best, most effective and most compassionate stroke care possible—helping them regain neurological function so they may participate fully in all that life has to offer.”