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WellSpan offers top five York County facts for American Heart Month


Thursday, February 23, 2017

In honor of American Heart Month, which continues through the end of February, WellSpan Health is sharing its list of top five heart health facts for York County. They are:

1. WellSpan York Hospital received top marks by national society, achieving a three-star rating – the highest possible – by The Society of Thoracic Surgeons for excellence in coronary artery bypass graft (CABG) surgery. This recognition places WellSpan York Hospital among leading institutions for achieving and improving quality outcomes.

2. WellSpan Cardiothoracic Surgery is proud to welcome Cardiothoracic Surgeon, Mark Burlingame, M.D. Burlingame, with over 30 years’ experience, excellent clinical track record and commitment to patient care, make him a great asset and welcome addition to WellSpan. He is now practicing medicine at WellSpan York Hospital.

3. WellSpan York Hospital was the first in Pennsylvania to achieve Chest Pain Center with Primary PCI and Resuscitation accreditation from the Society of Cardiovascular Patient Care. The hospital attained the distinction following the Society of Cardiovascular Patient Care’s multifaceted accreditation process, which examined areas such as early stabilization, acute care and community outreach. The accreditation indicates that a facility increases chances for positive patient outcomes due its early recognition and intervention strategies, as well as post-cardiac event treatment.

4. WellSpan York Hospital received three American Heart Association/American Stroke Association Get With The Guidelines® (GWTG) awards in areas, including resuscitation, stroke and Atrial Fibrillation. The awards recognize the hospital’s achievements in stroke and heart-related care. WellSpan’s acute-care hospitals received a combined total of eight awards. The hospitals received the awards by meeting specific quality achievement measures for the diagnosis and treatment of stroke and heart-care-related patients for varying lengths of implementation.

5. There are more than 40 cardiac clinical trials throughout WellSpan being offered to patients, who may otherwise not have access to the state-of-the-art treatment. One study, being conducted by York-based WellSpan Interventional Cardiologist James Harvey, M.D., aims to see if increasing physical activity before transcatheter aortic valve replacement (TAVR) surgery improves positive patient outcomes. These patients historically have been advised to limit such activity due to conditions which require the surgery. For more information on WellSpan’s clinical trials and research, visit WellSpan.org/Research.


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WellSpan Health is an integrated health system that serves the communities of central Pennsylvania and northern Maryland. The organization is comprised of a multispecialty medical group of more than 1,200 physicians and advanced practice clinicians, a home care organization, six respected hospitals, more than 15,000 employees, and more than 130 patient care locations. WellSpan is a charitable, mission-driven organization, committed to exceptional care for all, lifelong wellness and healthy communities.

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