MercyOne Dubuque Medical Center recognized nationally for its commitment to providing high quality cardiovascular care



The American Heart Association presents Get With The Guidelines and Mission: Lifeline awards for proven dedication to best practices and life-saving care

Dubuque, IA, July 11, 2022 — MercyOne Dubuque Medical Center received three American Heart Association Get With the Guidelines and Mission: Lifeline Achievement Awards for demonstrating a commitment to following up-to-date, research-based guidelines for treatment of heart disease and stroke, ultimately leading to more lives saved and shorter recovery times and fewer hospital readmissions.

Every 40 seconds someone in the United States has a stroke or a heart attack, and heart disease and strokes are the #1 and #5 causes of death in the United States, respectively. Studies show patients can recover better when providers consistently follow treatment guidelines.

Get With the Guidelines and Mission: Lifeline puts the expertise of the American Heart Association and American Stroke Association to work for hospitals nationwide, helping to ensure patient care is aligned with the latest evidence-based guidelines and research. As a participant, IIn both programs, MercyOne Dubuque Medical Center qualified for these awards by demonstrating how his organization is committed to improving the quality of care.

“MercyOne Dubuque Medical Center is committed to improving care by adhering to the latest treatment guidelines and process streamlining to ensure timely and appropriate care for heart attack and stroke patients,” said Kay Takes, President of MercyOne Eastern Iowa. “The Mission: Lifeline and Get With the Guidelines programs make it easier for our teams to implement proven knowledge and guidelines, helping us to ensure that the people we serve live longer and healthier.

This year, MercyOne Dubuque Medical Center received these awards:

  • Follow the Guidelines – AVC Gold Plus with Purpose: Type 2 Diabetes Honor Roll
  • Mission: Lifeline – STEMI receives Gold Plus
  • Mission: Lifeline – NSTEMI Gold

“We are pleased to recognize MercyOne Dubuque Medical Center for its commitment to caring for those in their community who need cardiovascular care,” said John Warner, MD, FAHA, past president of the American Heart Association and executive vice president of health system affairs at UT Southwestern Medical Center in Dallas. “Hospitals that follow the American Heart Association’s quality improvement protocols often see better patient outcomes, fewer readmissions, and lower mortality rates – a win for health care systems, families and communities.


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