RENTON, WA -- Valley Medical Center (VMC)has been recognized for achievement in using evidence-based guidelines to provide the best possible care to heart failure patients through The American Heart Association/American Stroke Association’s Get With The GuidelinesSM (GWTG) program.
Valley Medical Center was one of 570 hospitals nationwide to be featured in a July 28 advertisement in the “America’s Best Hospitals” issue of US News & World Report to commemorate the receipt of a Get With The Guidelines Silver Performance Achievement Award. The awards are given for accomplishment in the treatment of coronary artery disease, stroke and/or heart failure treatment and signifies that VMC has reached an aggressive goal of treating heart failure patients with 85 percent compliance for one year to core standard levels of care as outlined by the American Heart Association/American College of Cardiology secondary prevention guidelines for heart failure patients.
GWTG is a hospital-based quality improvement program designed to ensure that hospitals consistently care for cardiac and stroke patients following the most up-to-date guidelines and recommendations. The program addresses coronary artery disease, heart failure and stroke. Currently more than 1,450 hospitals participate in the program.
The American Heart Association/American Stroke Association’s advertisement recognizes Valley Medical Center’s commitment and success in performance achievement.
“The American Heart Association is pleased to recognize its top Get With The Guidelines participants,” said Lee Schwamm, M.D., national chairman of the GWTG steering committee, associate professor of neurology at Harvard Medical School and Vice Chairman of Neurology at Massachusetts General Hospital. “Healthcare providers who use GWTG are armed with the latest evidence-based guidelines and immediate access to clinical decision support, using a set of tools that have been shown to improve delivery of evidence-based care. The goal of this initiative is to improve the quality of life and help reduce deaths and disability among patients with heart disease and stroke.”
According to the American Heart Association, about 5.2 million people suffer from heart failure. Statistics also each year more than 57,000 people will die of heart failure.
“We are proud the American Heart Association and American Stroke Association have recognized Valley Medical Center for our achievements in their Get With The Guidelines program. We are dedicated to making the care for our heart failure patients among the best in the country and we will continue efforts to not only improve the quality of life, save lives and reduce disability among these patients, but also to ultimately reduce healthcare costs by lowering the recurrence of heart attacks,” said Rich Roodman, Valley Medical Center CEO.
About Get With The Guidelines
Get With The GuidelinesSM is the American Heart Association/American Stroke Association’s hospital-based quality improvement program that empowers healthcare teams to save lives and reduce healthcare costs by helping hospitals follow evidence-based guidelines and recommendations. For more information, visit americanheart.org/getwiththeguidelines.
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