St. Mary's earns American Heart Association Award 10/11/2013
(Evansville, IN) – St. Mary's Medical Center has received the Get With The Guidelines® – Heart Failure Silver Quality Achievement Award from the American Heart Association. The recognition signifies that St. Mary's has reached an aggressive goal of treating heart failure patients according to the guidelines of care recommended by the American Heart Association and the American College of Cardiology.
This is the 6th year St. Mary's has been recognized with a quality achievement award.
Get With The Guidelines – Heart Failure helps St. Mary's staff develop and implement processes to improve patient care and outcomes. Following these guidelines can improve the quality of care for heart failure patients, save lives and ultimately, reduce healthcare costs by lowering the recurrence of heart attacks.
Under the guidelines, heart failure patients are started on aggressive risk-reduction therapies if needed, including cholesterol-lowering drugs, beta-blockers, ACE inhibitors, aspirin, diuretics, and anticoagulants while in the hospital. Before discharge, they also receive education on managing their heart failure and overall health, including lifestyle modifications and follow-up care. Hospitals must adhere to these measures at a set level for a designated period of time to be eligible for the achievement awards.
According to the American Heart Association, about 5.7 million people suffer from heart failure. Each year, more than 277,000 will die of heart failure. However, many patients can lead a full, enjoyable life when their condition is managed with proper medications and devices and with healthy lifestyle changes.