HUP has received the Get With The Guidelines – Heart Failure Gold Quality Achievement Award from the American Heart Association. The award recognizes HUP's commitment and success in implementing excellent care for heart failure patients, according to evidence-based guidelines.
To receive the award, HUP treated heart failure patients with 85 percent compliance for at least 24 months to core standard levels of care as 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 with tools that follow proven evidence-based guidelines and procedures in caring for heart failure patients to prevent future hospitalizations and decrease mortality. Under Get With The Guidelines – Heart Failure, heart failure patients are started on aggressive risk reduction therapies such as cholesterol-lowering drugs, beta-blockers, ACE inhibitors, aspirin, diuretics and anticoagulants while in the hospital. They are also educated about their disease and nutritional counseling as well as referrals for cardiac rehabilitation before being discharged.
Photo above (L to r): Tom Ballingall, Evelyn Desmond, Lynn Washington, Michelle Walsh, Leah Moran, Mariell Jessup, MD, and Ylenia Quaoit receive the Gold Get with the Guidelines Award from AHA’s Tawny Jackson (third from right).