Western Reserve Hospital has received the Get With The Guidelines° Heart Failure Gold Plus Achievement Award for implementing specific quality improvement measures outlined by the American Heart Association/American College of Cardiology Foundation's secondary prevention guidelines for patients with heart failure.
This is the seventh consecutive year Western Reserve has received the Get With the Guidelines award.
"Our consistency in receiving this award further establishes just how seriously we approach heart failure and how dedicated we are to reaching the highest benchmarks in care regarding this major health concern," said Dr. Robert Kent, President and CEO of Western Reserve Hospital. "By being a part of the Get with the Guidelines Heart Failure program, we're able to measure our success in meeting internationally respected guidelines."
Get With The Guidelines is an AHA quality improvement program that helps hospital teams provide the most up-to-date, research-based guidelines with the goal of speeding recovery and reducing hospital re-admissions for patients. Launched in 2005, numerous published studies have demonstrated the program's success in achieving patient outcome improvements, including reductions in 30-day re-admissions.
To earn this award, Western Reserve Hospital met specific quality achievement measures for the diagnosis and treatment of heart failure patients. These measures include evaluation of the patient, proper use of medications and aggressive risk-reduction therapies, such as ACE inhibitors/ARBs, beta-blockers, diuretics, anticoagulants and other appropriate therapies. Before patients are discharged, they also receive education on managing their heart failure and overall health, as well as scheduling a follow-up visit and other care transition interventions.
"We are pleased to recognize Western Reserve Hospital for its commitment to heart failure care," said Paul Heidenreich, MD, MS, national chairman of the Get With The Guidelines Steering Committee and Professor of Medicine at Stanford University. "Research has shown there are benefits to patients who are treated at hospitals that have adopted the Get With The Guidelines program. Get With the Guidelines research has demonstrated the impact of lowering 30-day re-admissions and reducing mortality rates."
According to the American Heart Association, about 5.7 million adults in the U.S. 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 a full, enjoyable life when their condition is managed with proper medications or devices and with healthy lifestyle changes.