We are pleased to announce that Dignity Health Mercy Medical Group has received the Target: Type 2 Diabetes℠ Gold Award from the American Heart Association for its commitment to addressing the relationship between diabetes and the risk of heart disease and stroke.
Cardiovascular disease is the leading cause of death and a leading cause of heart attacks, stroke and heart failure for people with type 2 diabetes. A recent survey of people aged 45 and older with type 2 diabetes, conducted by The Harris Poll, acknowledged or discussed only half of the study participants discussed their risk of heart attack or stroke with their health care team.
Goal: Type 2 diabetes addresses risk factors for cardiovascular disease and stroke in patients with type 2 diabetes as part of the Know Diabetes by Heart™ initiative, by the American Heart Association and American Diabetes Association. Goal: Type 2 diabetes helps ensure patient care is aligned with the latest evidence and research-based guidelines.
“This recognition is directly credited to the dedication of our talented teams to exceed national standards when it comes to diabetes treatment,” said Dr. Alan Shatzel, DO, CEO of Mercy Medical Group. “Our success in meeting evidence-based clinical guidelines designed to improve patient outcomes confirms that we are delivering high-quality, patient-centered, coordinated care to our patients with type 2 diabetes.”
The Gold Award recognizes practices that have met the entry criteria AND have met the specified Gold-level thresholds for each of the two selected clinical measures related to diabetes control and cardiovascular risk factors, hypertension and high cholesterol.
Dignity Health Mercy Medical Group received this recognition for demonstrating their commitment to providing quality outpatient care for people with type 2 diabetes. In addition to following treatment guidelines. They have also empowered patients with evidence-based information and tools.
“More than 37 million Americans are living with diabetes, and cardiovascular disease is the leading cause of death for people with type 2 diabetes,” said Howard Haft, MD, MMM, CPE, FACPE, volunteer expert for the American Heart Association and executive director of the American Heart Association. Maryland Primary Care Program, in Baltimore. “Organizations participating in programs like this help raise awareness of the link between diabetes and cardiovascular disease and can improve outcomes for patients. We are pleased to recognize Dignity Health Mercy Medical Group for its commitment to quality care.”