CHICAGO, Sept. 8, 2023 — 63 hospitals in Illinois are among the 2,600 nationwide that participate in the American Heart Association’s Get With The Guidelines® initiative to improve outcomes for Americans who experience heart disease or stroke.

Heart disease and stroke are the No. 1 and No. 5 causes of death in the United States, respectively. These health crises require swift and proven treatment to ensure the best outcomes for patients. The American Heart Association, devoted to a world of healthier lives for all, sets the standards for high-quality, science-based care and access that all patients deserve.

“Every 40 seconds, someone in America has a stroke or heart attack,” said American Heart Association, Chicago executive director Brittany Walsh. “Access to high-quality care is something that everyone should have, and the Get With The Guidelines program helps ensure all patients can access high-quality care.”

Each year, the American Heart Association recognizes hospitals across the country for consistently following up-to-date, research-based guidelines to ensure all patients have access to lifesaving care. In the state of Illinois, 63 hospitals received recognition this year. Among the winners were 11 Chicago hospitals:

  • Advocate Illinois Masonic Medical Center
  • Advocate Trinity Hospital
  • Ascension Resurrection
  • Cook County Health
  • Mount Sinai Hospital
  • Northwestern Memorial Hospital
  • Rush University Medical Center
  • Saints Mary and Elizabeth Medical Center
  • Swedish Hospital, part of NorthShore
  • UChicago Medicine
  • UI Health

52 other hospitals from throughout the state of Illinois received Get With The Guidelines distinctions.

  • Advocate Christ Medical Center – Oak Lawn, Illinois
  • Advocate Condell Medical Center – Libertyville, Illinois
  • Advocate Good Samaritan Hospital – Downers Grove, Illinois
  • Advocate Good Shepherd Hospital – Barrington, Illinois
  • Advocate Lutheran General Hospital – Park Ridge, Illinois
  • Advocate Sherman Hospital – Elgin, Illinois
  • Advocate South Suburban Hospital – Hazel Crest, Illinois
  • Ascension Alexian Brothers – Elk Grove Village, Illinois
  • Ascension Saint Alexius – Hoffman Estates, Illinois
  • Ascension Mercy – Aurora, Illinois
  • Ascension Saint Francis – Evanston, Illinois
  • Ascension Saint Joseph – Elgin – Elgin, Illinois
  • Ascension Saint Joseph – Joliet – Joliet, Illinois
  • Ascension Saint Mary Kankakee – Kankakee, Illinois
  • Blessing Hospital – Quincy, Illinois
  • Carle BroMenn Medical Center – Normal, Illinois
  • Carle Foundation Hospital – Urbana, Illinois
  • Carle Health Methodist Hospital - Peoria, Illinois
  • Decatur Memorial Hospital – Decatur, Illinois
  • Edward Hospital – Naperville, Illinois
  • Elmhurst Hospital – Elmhurst, Illinois
  • Herrin Hospital – Herrin, Illinois
  • HSHS St. Elizabeth's Hospital – O’Fallon, Illinois
  • HSHS St. John's Hospital - Springfield, Illinois
  • Javon Bea Hospital – Riverside – Rockford, Illinois
  • Loyola University Medical Center – Maywood, Illinois
  • MacNeal Hospital – Berwyn, Illinois
  • Memorial Hospital of Carbondale – Carbondale, Illinois
  • NorthShore University HealthSystem Highland Park Hospital – Highland Park, Illinois
  • Northwest Community Hospital – Arlington Heights, Illinois
  • Northwestern Medicine Central DuPage Hospital – Winfield, Illinois
  • Northwestern Medicine Delnor Hospital – Geneva, Illinois
  • Northwestern Medicine Huntley Hospital – Huntley, Illinois
  • Northwestern Medicine Kishwaukee Hospital – Dekalb, Illinois
  • Northwestern Medicine Lake Forest Hospital – Lake Forest, Illinois
  • Northwestern Medicine McHenry Hospital – McHenry, Illinois
  • Northwestern Medicine Palos Hospital - Palos Heights, Illinois
  • OSF HealthCare Little Company of Mary Medical Center – Evergreen Park, Illinois
  • OSF HealthCare Saint Anthony's Health Center – Alton, Illinois
  • OSF Saint Anthony Medical Center – Rockford, Illinois
  • OSF Saint Francis Medical Center - Peoria, Illinois
  • OSF St. Joseph Medical Center – Bloomington, Illinois
  • Riverside Medical Center – Kankakee, Illinois
  • Rush Copley Medical Center - Aurora, Illinois
  • Rush Oak Park Hospital – Oak Park, Illinois
  • Springfield Memorial Hospital – Springfield, Illinois
  • SSM Health Good Samaritan – Mount Vernon, Illinois
  • UChicago Medicine AdventHealth Bolingbrook – Bolingbrook, Illinois
  • UChicago Medicine AdventHealth Hinsdale - Hinsdale, Illinois
  • UChicago Medicine AdventHealth La Grange – La Grange, Illinois
  • UnityPoint Health - Memorial Hospital – Carthage, Illinois
  • Vista Medical Center East – Waukegan, Illinois 

Six Illinois hospitals also received STEMI and NSTEMI recognition for their work to advance the system of care for patients with acute, high-risk, time-sensitive life and/or quality of life-threatening disease states.

  • Advocate Good Samaritan Hospital (Downers Grove, IL) – STEMI: Gold Receiving
  • Advocate Sherman Hospital (Elgin, IL) – NSTEMI: Gold and STEMI: Gold Receiving
  • Cook County Hospital (Chicago, IL) – NSTEMI: Gold and STEMI: Gold Plus Receiving
  • Mount Sinai Hospital (Chicago, IL) – NSTEMI: Gold
  • Rush University Medical Center (Chicago, IL) – NSTEMI: Gold and STEMI: Gold Receiving
  • UI Health (Chicago, IL) – NSTEMI: Gold and STEMI: Gold Plus Receiving

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