July 25, 2022

Steward Holy Family Hospital Nationally Recognized for its Commitment to Providing High-Quality Cardiovascular Care

Methuen, MA — Holy Family Hospital (HFH) has received two American Heart Association Get With The Guidelines and Mission: Lifeline achievement awards for demonstrating commitment to following up-to-date, research-based guidelines for the treatment of stroke, ultimately leading to more lives saved, shorter recovery times and fewer readmissions to the hospital. Both the Methuen and Haverhill campuses were recognized with the Stroke GOLD PLUS with Target: Stroke Honor Roll and Target: Type 2 Diabetes Honor.

Every 40 seconds, someone in the U.S. has a stroke or heart attack, the No. 1 and No. 5 causes of death in the United States, respectively. Studies show patients can recover better when providers consistently follow treatment guidelines.

Get With The Guidelines and Mission: Lifeline put the expertise of the American Heart Association and American Stroke Association to work for hospitals nationwide, helping ensure patient care is aligned with the latest evidence- and research-based guidelines. As a participant in Get With The Guidelines) programs, Holy Family Hospital qualified for the award by demonstrating how their organization has committed to improving quality care.

“Holy Family is committed to improving care by adhering to the latest treatment guidelines and streamlining processes to ensure timely and proper care for strokes,” said Craig A. Jesiolowski, President. “The Mission: Lifeline and Get With The Guidelines programs make it easier for our teams to put proven knowledge and guidelines to work on a daily basis, which helps us ensure more people in the Merrimack Valley experience longer, healthier lives.”

“We are pleased to recognize Holy Family Hospital for its commitment to caring for those in their community who need stroke care,” said John Warner, M.D., FAHA, past president of the American Heart Association and executive vice president for health system affairs at UT Southwestern Medical Center, in Dallas. “Hospitals that follow the American Heart Association’s quality improvement protocols often see improved patient outcomes, fewer readmissions and lower mortality rates – a win for health care systems, families and communities.”


About Holy Family Hospital

Holy Family Hospital is a 320-bed full-service, acute care hospital with two campuses located in  Methuen and Haverhill, Massachusetts. We serve the Merrimack Valley and the cities and towns of  Southern New Hampshire. Our Methuen campus features the Center for Orthopedic Excellence, also  a Blue Cross Blue Shield Distinction Center+ for Knee and Hip Replacement; and the Merrimack  Valley Heart and Vascular Center featuring a 6,000 square foot catheterization lab and the most  advanced technology in the region. We have been named one of two “Top Hospitals” in  Massachusetts and our Haverhill campus, which features all private inpatient rooms, has received an  “A” rating for safety and quality four years running. Both campuses offer acute care inpatient  medical/surgical units, outpatient and 24/7 emergency services, including eICUs, behavioral health  units, and critical care service lines. To learn more, go to

About Steward Health Care System

Nearly a decade ago, Steward Health Care System emerged as a different kind of health care company designed to usher in a new era of wellness. One that provides our patients better, more proactive care at a sustainable cost, our providers unrivaled coordination of care, and our communities greater prosperity and stability.

As the country’s largest physician-led, tax paying, integrated health care system, our doctors can be certain that we share their interests and those of their patients. Together we are on a mission to revolutionize the way health care is delivered - creating healthier lives, thriving communities and a better world.

Steward is among the nation’s largest and most successful accountable care organizations (ACO), with more than 5,500 providers and 43,000 health care professionals who care for 12.3 million patients a year through a closely integrated network of hospitals, multispecialty medical groups, urgent care centers, skilled nursing facilities and behavioral health centers. 

Based in Dallas, Steward currently operates 39 hospitals across Arizona, Arkansas, Florida, Louisiana, Massachusetts, Ohio, Pennsylvania, Texas and Utah.

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 12 million patients since 2001. For more information, visit