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Easton Hospital cardiology department takes two awards

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Easton Hospital received awards from the American Heart Association and the American College of Cardiology for heart attack prevention and treatment programs.

One honor was the lifeline quality silver achievement award from the American Heart Association, given to hospitals who have installed quality improvement measures for treating patients who have suffered severe heart attacks. Easton Hospital received the bronze award in 2013.

Additionally, Easton Hospital was awarded the platinum performance achievement award from the American College of Cardiology for consistently following treatment guidelines for eight consecutive quarters and meeting a performance standard of 90 percent for specific measures. The hospital is one of 256 hospitals nationwide to receive the honor. In 2013, Easton Hospital earned the silver award.

“We are extremely proud of these recognitions,” Easton Hospital CEO John Zidansek said. “Our efforts to improve quality care for our patients who suffer a heart attack are truly making a difference in the community and are being recognized nationally.”

Founded in 1890, Easton Hospital is a 238-bed acute care teaching hospital serving more than 300,000 residents in Northampton County and five surrounding counties.

“These recognitions mean a great deal to our staff,” said Lori Jones, director of cardiovascular services for Easton Hospital. “Strong cardiac care requires a coordinated effort across multiple teams including our EMS [emergency medical services] partners, emergency room, laboratory, imaging, catheterization lab and intensive care units. So, these achievements reflect their commitment and training.”

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Jennifer Glose

Jennifer Glose

Reporter Jennifer Glose covers health care, Berks County and other topics. She can be reached at jenniferg@lvb.com or 610-807-9619, ext. 111. Follow her on Twitter @jenniferg_LVB and read her blog, “Networking,” at http://www.lvb.com/section/networking-blog.

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