Walker Baptist Medical Center was recognized Wednesday by the American Heart Association with the Get With the Guidelines-Heart Failure Gold Quality Achievement Award. The award recognizes the …
Walker Baptist Medical Center was recognized Wednesday by the American Heart Association with the Get With the Guidelines-Heart Failure Gold Quality Achievement Award. The award recognizes the hospital's commitment to ensuring heart failure patients receive the most appropriate treatment according to nationally recognized, research-based guidelines founded in the latest scientific evidence with the goal of speeding recovery and reducing hospital readmissions for heart failure patients.
Walker Baptist Medical Center earned the award by meeting specific quality achievement measures for the diagnosis and treatment of heart failure patients at a set level for a designated period. These measures include evaluation of the proper use of medications and aggressive risk-reduction therapies. Before discharge, patients should also receive education on managing their heart failure and overall health, get a follow-up scheduled, as well as other care transition interventions.
"Our hospital is dedicated to improving the quality of care for our patients with heart failure by implementing the American Hear Association's Get With The Guidelines-Heart Failure initiative," said Bob Phillips, CEO, Walker Baptist Medical Center. "The tools and resources provided help us track and measure our success in meeting evidenced-based clinical guidelines developed to improve patient outcomes."
Debbie Cardwell, RN, MSN, Director of Quality Systems Improvement with the American Heart Association, was on site to present the hospital staff with a framed certificate for the award.
"We are pleased to recognize Walker Baptist Medical Center or its commitment to heart failure care," said Lee H. Schwamm, M.D., national chairperson of the Quality Oversight Committee and Executive Vice Chair of Neurology, Director of Acute Stroke Services, Massachusetts General Hospital, Boston, Massachusetts. "Research has shown that hospitals adhering to clinical measures through the 'Get With The Guidelines' quality improvement initiative can often see fewer readmissions and lower mortality rates."
According to the American Heart Association, more than 6.5 million adults in the United States are living with heart failure. 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.