More than 6.5 million Americans live with heart failure, according to the American Heart Association
. Many heart failure
patients can lead full, enjoyable lives when their conditions are managed with proper medications or devices and with healthy lifestyle changes.
For its commitment to ensuring heart failure patients receive the most appropriate treatment according to nationally recognized, research-based guidelines founded in the latest scientific evidence, St. Anthony’s Medical Center has received the American Heart Association’s Get With The Guidelines-Heart Failure Gold Plus Quality Achievement Award.
St. Anthony’s also is recognized on the association’s Target: Heart Failure Honor Roll for meeting specific criteria that improves medication adherence, provides early follow-up care and coordination, and enhances patient education.
“St. Anthony’s is dedicated to improving the quality of care for our patients with heart failure by implementing the American Heart Association’s Get With The Guidelines-Heart Failure initiative,” said Charles Carey, MD, medical director of St. Anthony’s Heart Failure Program. “The tools and resources provided help us track and measure our success in meeting evidence-based clinical guidelines developed to improve patient outcomes.”
To receive the Gold Plus Quality Achievement Award, hospitals must achieve 85 percent or higher adherence to core standard levels of care as outlined by the American Heart Association/American Stroke Association for two consecutive calendar years. In addition, those hospitals have demonstrated 75 percent compliance to heart failure quality measures during the 12-month period.
To be recognized on the Target: Heart Failure Honor Roll, hospitals must achieve all three Target: Heart Failure care components for 50 percent or more of eligible patients with heart failure discharged from the hospital consistent with the time frame associated with the achievement award being submitted.