SwedishAmerican receives American Heart Association award

SwedishAmerican Hospital has become the first hospital in the state to receive the Get With The Guidelines—Heart Failure Annual Achievement Award from the American Heart Association. The recognition signifies that SwedishAmerican has reached an aggressive goal of treating heart failure patients with 85 percent compliance to core standard levels of care outlined by the American Heart Association/American College of Cardiology secondary prevention guidelines for heart failure patients.

Get With The Guidelines is a quality improvement initiative that provides hospital staff tools that follow proven evidence-based guidelines and procedures for heart failure patients in their care to prevent future hospitalizations.

Under GWTG-HF, heart failure patients are started on aggressive risk reduction therapies such as cholesterol-lowering drugs, beta-blockers, ACE inhibitors, aspirin, diuretics and anticoagulants in the hospital. They also receive alcohol/drug use and thyroid management counseling and referrals for cardiac rehabilitation before being discharged.

SwedishAmerican has consistently and successfully implemented these quality measures over the past year since they began participating in the program.

According to the American Heart Association, about 5 million people suffer from heart failure. Statistics also show the incidence of heart failure has not declined in two decades, and each year more than 52,000 people will die of heart failure.

“SwedishAmerican is dedicated to making our care for heart failure patients among the best in the country. We will continue in our efforts and build off the success of this award by continued implementation of the American Heart Associations Get With The Guidelines—HF program that allowed us to accomplish this goal,” said Dr. Bill Gorski, president and CEO for SwedishAmerican.

From the March 7-13, 2007, issue

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