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American Heart Association honors St. Anthony’s with Silver Plus Award for heart failure care

Media Contact Joe Poelker
Release Date: 05/11/2017 By St. Anthony's Medical Center

Get with the Guidelines Heart Failure Silver Plus

The American Heart Association/American Stroke Association is honoring St. Anthony’s Medical Center with its 2017 Get With The Guidelines–Heart Failure Silver Plus Achievement Award. This award recognizes the use of specific quality improvement measures designed to speed the recovery of heart failure patients and reduce hospital readmissions for those patients.
Get With The Guidelines-Heart Failure is an in-hospital program for improving care by promoting consistent adherence to the latest scientific treatment guidelines. Numerous published studies demonstrate the program’s success in achieving significant improvements in patient outcomes. Among the proven results are reductions in 30-day readmissions, a measure now used by the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) in determining CMS reimbursement rates.
St. Anthony’s Heart Failure Disease Management Program, the only heart failure program in the region, tackles the complex problem of heart failure with evidence-based medical therapy and protocols.
“Our greatest reward is serving our patients,” said Charles Carey, MD, Medical Director of St. Anthony’s heart failure program. “We’re committed to turning treatment guidelines into lifelines.”
St. Anthony’s earned the silver designation by demonstrating 85 percent or greater compliance for each of the Get with the Guidelines Heart Failure Achievement Measures for 12 consecutive months in 2016. St. Anthony’s earned the Plus designation by demonstrating at least 75 percent compliance with four or more heart failure quality measures.
Last year, St. Anthony’s earned a bronze-level Get With The Guidelines-Heart Failure Quality Achievement Award.
“We’re proud to be among the hospitals recognized by the American Heart Association for excellence in implementing the Get with the Guidelines program,” said Vijay Divakaran, Nurse Practitioner and Program Manager of St. Anthony’s heart failure program. “Our doctors, nurses and techs are committed to the best evidence-based and patient-centered, care, education and meticulous follow-up to our patients.”
About 5.7 million adults in the United States suffer from heart failure; this number is increasing and is projected to rise by 46 percent by 2030, resulting in more than 8 million people with heart failure, according to the American Heart Association. Statistics show that 50 percent of those diagnosed will die within five years. However, proper medications or devices and healthy lifestyle changes can help many heart failure patients manage their conditions and lead full, enjoyable lives.