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Published on June 02, 2017

UHS recognized by national agencies for care of heart patients

gold-seal-2017.jpgUHS has received a special award from the American Heart Association and the American College of Cardiology Foundation for the healthcare system’s care of patients with heart failure.

UHS has earned a 2017 “Get with the Guidelines-Heart Failure Gold Plus Quality Achievement Award” for implementing specific quality improvement measures in patient care.

“Get with the Guidelines” is a national quality improvement endeavor that helps hospital teams follow the latest research-based standards for speeding recovery and reducing hospital readmissions for people who have experienced heart failure.

Launched in 2005, the program has been successful in improving outcomes and reducing 30-day readmissions.

UHS earned the award by meeting specific quality measures in diagnosis and treatment.

These include evaluation of the patient and proper use of medications and of aggressive risk-reduction therapies, such as ACE inhibitors/ARBs, beta-blockers, diuretics and anticoagulants.

Before patients are discharged, they also receive education on managing their heart failure and overall health, schedule a follow-up visit and learn about other transition interventions.

“We are dedicated to improving the quality of care for heart-failure patients, and implementing the Guidelines Program helps us reach that goal by tracking and measuring our success,” said Matthew J. Salanger, FACHE, president and chief executive officer of UHS. “The guidelines are reliable and respected internationally.”

Stanford University’s Paul Heidenreich, MD, MS, national chair of the Get with the Guidelines steering committee, said: “We are pleased to recognize UHS for its commitment to heart failure care. Research has shown that there are benefits to patients who are treated at hospitals that have adopted the guidelines program. The impact of lowering 30-day readmissions and reducing mortality rates has been demonstrated.”

About 5.7 million adults in the United States suffer from heart failure, with the number expected to rise to eight million by 2030, the American Heart Association has reported.

Statistics show that, each year, about 870,000 new cases are diagnosed, and about 50 percent of those individuals diagnosed will die within five years.

However, many heart failure patients can lead full, enjoyable lives when their conditions are managed with the right medications or devices, along with lifestyle changes.

Home to the UHS Heart & Vascular Institute, UHS is a designated trauma, stroke and chest pain center and the region’s largest and most comprehensive provider of cardiac services.

Patients benefit from a full range of diagnostic and treatment options, provided by a team of dedicated and highly skilled specialists, surgeons and allied health professionals.

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