Merit Health Wesley recognized for Heart Failure Care

Merit Health Wesley recognized for Heart Failure Care
Earl Coleman, American Heart Association Quality Systems Improvement Director, presents Mike Neuendorf, CEO of Merit Health Wesley, with the Get With the Guldelines Gold-Plus Award.

HATTIESBURG, MS (WDAM) - This is a news release from Merit Health Wesley. 

Merit Health Wesley received the Get With The Guidelines®–Heart Failure Gold-Plus Quality Achievement Award from the American Heart Association.

This marks the third consecutive year that Merit Health Wesley has been recognized with this quality achievement award.

Get With The Guidelines–Heart Failure is a quality improvement program that helps hospital teams provide the most up-to-date, research-based guidelines with the goal of speeding recovery and reducing hospital readmissions for heart failure patients.

Merit Health Wesley earned the award by meeting specific quality achievement measures for the diagnosis and treatment of heart failure patients at a set level for a designated period. These measures include evaluation of the patient, proper use of medications and aggressive risk-reduction therapies.  These would include ACE inhibitors/ARBs, beta-blockers, diuretics, anticoagulants, and other appropriate therapies. Before patients are discharged, they also receive education on managing their heart failure and overall health, get a follow-up visit scheduled, as well as other care transition interventions.

"Consistently achieving this recognition demonstrates our dedication to the quality of care for heart failure patients," said Mike Neuendorf, CEO of Merit Health Wesley. "This achievement helps us track and measure our success in meeting internationally-respected guidelines, and this affirms that we are accomplishing that goal."

According to the American Heart Association, about 5.7 million adults in the United States suffer from heart failure, with the number expected to rise to eight million by 2030. Statistics show that each year about 870,000 new cases are diagnosed and about 50 percent of those diagnosed will die within five years. However, many heart failure patients can lead a full, enjoyable life when their condition is managed with proper medications or devices and with healthy lifestyle changes.

About Merit Health Wesley

As an affiliate of the state's largest healthcare system, Merit Health Wesley is committed to providing superior care across the Pine Belt. Recognized for patient safety and for top performance on key quality measures, Merit Health Wesley is also the area's first and only accredited Chest Pain Center and only area hospital to be accredited for Heart Failure care.  For more information about Merit Health Wesley, call 601-268-8000 or visit

About Merit Health

Merit Health serves the healthcare needs of residents of Mississippi through its 12 affiliated hospitals and 120 physician practices. The healthcare system offers a wide array of services including orthopedics, cardiology, women's health, emergency departments and broad diagnostic medical and surgical services. The network has approximately 2,300 licensed beds, 2,500 physicians on the combined active medical staffs, and 7,000 employees, and more than 53,000 admissions and 300,000 emergency department visits each year. Merit Health Batesville and Merit Health Natchez – Community Campus are owned by partnerships that proudly include physician owners, including certain members of the respective hospital's medical staff.

About Get With The Guidelines

Get With The Guidelines® is the American Heart Association/American Stroke Association's hospital-based quality improvement program that provides hospitals with the latest research-based guidelines. Developed with the goal of saving lives and hastening recovery, Get With The Guidelines has touched the lives of more than 5 million patients since 2001. For more information, visit or