St. Mary's Receives "Get with the Guidelines" Award 03/03/2008
St. Mary's Medical Center recently received the American Heart Association’s Get with the Guidelines – Coronary Artery Disease (GWTG-CAD) Bronze Performance Achievement Award. The award recognizes St. Mary’s commitment and success in implementing a higher standard of cardiac care that effectively improves treatment of patients hospitalized with coronary artery disease.
According to the GWTG-CAD treatment guidelines, patients are started on aggressive risk reduction therapies such as cholesterol-lowering drugs, aspirin, ACE inhibitors and beta-blockers in the hospital and receive smoking cessation/weight management counseling and referrals for cardiac rehabilitation before they are discharged. Hospitals that receive the GWTG-CAD Bronze Achievement Award have demonstrated at least 90 days that 85 percent of its eligible coronary patients (without contraindication) are discharged following the American Heart Association’s recommended treatment guidelines.
The American Heart Association applauds St. Mary’s for its success in implementing the appropriate evidence-based care and protocols to reduce the number of recurrent events and deaths in cardiovascular disease patients,” said Gregg C. Fonarow, M.D., national chairman of Get With the Guidelines Steering Committee and director of Ahmanson-UCLA Cardiomyopathy Center. “St. Mary’s has achieved a high level of performance in terms of implementing these life-prolonging treatments.”
“St. Mary’s is dedicated to making our cardiac unit among the best in the country, and the American Heart Association’s Get With the Guidelines program is helping us accomplish that,” said Jan Ernest, vice president, Cardiovascular Services. “We are pleased to be recognized for our achievements in improving heart care for our community.”
The American Heart Association’s GWTG-CAD program helps hospitals increase the use of and adherence to the association’s secondary prevention guidelines for coronary artery disease. Developed to assist healthcare professionals follow proven standards and procedures before patients are discharged, GWTG-CAD can help St. Mary’s reduce the risk of recurrent heart attacks and death in treated patients. The program, which works by mobilizing teams in acute care hospitals to implement American Heart Association/American College of Cardiology secondary prevention guidelines, was developed with support from an unrestricted educational grant from Merck & Co. Inc.