ELLSWORTH, Maine — Primary care physicians from Maine Coast Memorial Hospital have been recognized by the National Committee for Quality Assurance and the American Heart Association/American Stroke Association for providing high quality care to patients with cardiovascular disease or who have had a stroke.
MCMH physician practices are part of the Maine Health Clinician Improvement Registry and track several measures such as blood pressure, cholesterol, lipid panels, aspirin and tobacco status of patients with cardiovascular disease and stroke history.
To receive this national recognition, which is valid for three years, the physicians from Ellsworth Internal Medicine, Ellsworth Family Practice, Maine Coast Specialty Clinic, Southwest Harbor Medical Center and the Eleanor Widener Dixon Memorial Clinic documented and tracked data that demonstrated performance that meets the program’s key cardiovascular and stroke care measures.
The Heart/Stroke Recognition Program was designed to improve the quality of care that patients with cardiovascular disease receive. Clinicians are recognized for delivery of quality cardiovascular and stroke care and for motivating other clinicians to document and improve their delivery of care. Meeting these performance standards also results in early detection and prevention of cardiovascular disease.
Cardiovascular disease is the leading cause of death in the United States, resulting in approximately 950,000 deaths each year. With more than 60 million Americans suffering from one or more types of cardiovascular disease, the physicians who follow these guidelines and offer this level of care can have a positive impact on a large number of patients.