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Wesley Medical gets AHA Gold Award

Earl Coleman (left), director of quality systems improvement for the American Heart Association, presents the organization's Get With The Guidelines-Heart Failure Gold Quality Achievement Award to Wesley Medical Center CEO Mike Neuendorf Wednesday. Earl Coleman (left), director of quality systems improvement for the American Heart Association, presents the organization's Get With The Guidelines-Heart Failure Gold Quality Achievement Award to Wesley Medical Center CEO Mike Neuendorf Wednesday.
HATTIESBURG, MS (WDAM) -

Wesley Medical Center has been recognized by the American Heart Association for excellence in caring for patients suffering from heart failure.  

Wednesday, the hospital was presented with the organization's Get With The Guidelines-Heart Failure Gold Quality Achievement Award.

It means that Wesley Medical has met American Heart Association and American College of Cardiology guidelines for treating heart failure patients.

Wesley is one of only three hospitals in Mississippi to achieve the Gold or Gold Plus level.

"The greatest accomplishment here is that it proves once again that we're committed to heart and vascular care in this region," said Mike Neuendorf, CEO of Wesley Medical Center. "We'll set this achievement alongside of being the area's only accredited chest pain center and the area's only accredited congestive heart failure program," he said.

"It's to let the public know that when you come to a facility like this, that you're going to receive not just good care, but what's called evidence-based care," said Earl Coleman, director of quality systems improvement for the American Heart Association. "This is treatment and care that we know works from research," he said.

According to the American Heart Association, 670,000 new cases of heart failure are diagnosed each year and more than 277,000 people die of heart failure annually.

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