The American Heart Association
is honoring St. Anthony’s Medical Center with its Get With The Guidelines-Heart Failure Bronze Quality Achievement Award. This award recognizes the use of specific quality improvement measures which are designed to speed the recovery of heart failure patients and reduce hospital readmissions for those patients.
Get With The Guidelines-Heart Failure is awarded for following a program outlined by the American Heart Association/American College of Cardiology Foundation’s secondary prevention guidelines
for the treatment of patients with heart failure. Numerous studies have shown the program’s success in achieving patient outcome improvements, including reductions in 30-day readmissions, since it started in 2005.
“Implementing the American Heart Association’s Get With The Guidelines-Heart Failure is just the latest way we are showing our dedication to the heart care of our patients and our entire community,” said David Morton, M.D., Chief Medical Officer and Office of the President.
St. Anthony’s earned the award by meeting specific quality achievement measures for the diagnosis and treatment of heart failure patients. These measures include evaluating patients, proper use of medications and aggressive risk-reduction therapies. Before patients are discharged, they also receive education on managing their heart failure and overall health, are scheduled for a follow-up visit, along with other care transition interventions.
“Research has shown there are benefits to patients who are treated at hospitals that have adopted the Get With The Guidelines program,” said Paul Heidenreich, M.D., M.S., national chairman of the Get With The Guidelines Steering Committee and Professor of Medicine at Stanford University. “Get With The Guidelines research has demonstrated the impact of lowering 30-day readmissions and reducing mortality rates.”
According to the American Heart Association, about 5.7 million adults in the United States suffer from heart failure, with the number expected to rise to eight million by 2030. Statistics show that each year about 870,000 new cases are diagnosed and about 50 percent of those diagnosed will die within five years. However, many heart failure patients can lead full, enjoyable lives when their conditions are managed with proper medications or devices and with healthy lifestyle changes.