The American Heart Association (AHA) has awarded Valley Medical Center a Silver Performance Achievement Award for its efforts to make sure the care the hospital provides to its heart failure patients meets the AHA’s treatment guidelines.
The award was given as part of the AHA’s “Get with the Guidelines” program, a national AHA initiative to encourage hospitals to provide heart failure care based on the best scientific evidence.
Under the guidelines, patients with heart failure patients are started on an aggressive therapeutic program while they are sill in the hospital to reduce their risk of recurrent heart failure and other complications.
For example, the guidelines recommend that, when appropriate, heart failure patients should be put on cholesterol-lowering, blood pressure, and anticoagulant therapies and that they be referred for cardiac rehabilitiation before they leave the hospital.
The AHA launched to Get With the Guidelines program after it was determined that many heart patients were not receiving the best evidence-based treatments that had been identified in AHA guidelines.
Valley Medical Center received the AHA award in recognition that it had achieved 85 percent compliance with the AHA heart failure guidelines for one year.