GVH Receives American Heart Association’s Get With The Guidelines - Heart Failure Gold Plus Quality Achievement Award
Award Demonstrates Grand View’s Commitment to Quality Care for Heart Failure Patients
(April 24, 2013) Sellersville, PA - Grand View Hospital has received the Get With The Guidelines®–Heart Failure Gold Quality Achievement Award from the American Heart Association. The recognition signifies that Grand View has reached an exceptional goal of treating heart failure patients according to the guidelines of care recommended by the American Heart Association/American College of Cardiology.
Get With The Guidelines–Heart Failure helps Grand View’s staff develop and implement acute and secondary prevention guideline processes to improve patient care and outcomes. The program provides hospitals with a web-based patient management tool, best practice discharge protocols and standing orders, along with a robust registry and real-time benchmarking capabilities to track performance.
The quick and efficient use of guideline procedures can improve the quality of care for heart failure patients, save lives and ultimately, reduce healthcare costs by lowering the recurrence of heart attacks.
“Recent studies show that patients treated in hospitals participating in the American Heart Association’s Get With The Guidelines-Heart Failure program receive a higher quality of care and may experience better outcomes,” said Lee H. Schwamm, MD, chair of the Get With The Guidelines National Steering Committee and director of the TeleStroke and Acute Stroke Services at Massachusetts General Hospital in Boston. “Grand View’s team is to be commended for its commitment to improving the care of patients.”
Following Get With The Guidelines–Heart Failure treatment 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.
“Grand View is dedicated to making our care for heart failure patients among the best in the country. The American Heart Association’s Get With The Guidelines–Heart Failure program helps us to accomplish this goal,” said Denise Kistler, RN, Grand View Hospital Inpatient Vascular Coordinator. “This recognition demonstrates that we are on the right track and we’re very proud of our team.”
According to the American Heart Association, about 5.7 million people suffer from heart failure. Statistics also show that, each year, 670,000 new cases are diagnosed and more than 277,000 people will die of heart failure. However, many heart failure patients can lead a full, enjoyable life when their condition is managed with proper medications and devices and with healthy lifestyle changes.
About Grand View Hospital
Grand View’s Cardiovascular Center of Excellence specializes in the diagnosis and treatment of heart and vascular diseases. Using advanced techniques and equipment, the Center manages cardiovascular problems ranging from the prevention and supervision of risk factors, to the management of complex medical conditions. A multi-disciplinary team uses a collaborative approach to treatment. Areas of concentration include medical and interventional cardiology, stroke prevention and management, and vascular care using surgical and non-surgical interventions.
Recent awards recognizing heart and vascular care at Grand View include:
- 5-Star Recipient in Treatment of Heart Failure from Healthgrades six years in a row, 2008-2013
- 5-Star Recipient for Treatment of Heart Attack from Healthgrades, 2013
- Get With the Guidelines® Stroke Gold Plus Performance Achievement Award from the American Heart Association/American Stroke Association, 2010-2012
- Advanced Heart Failure Certification and Gold Seal of Approval™ from The Joint Commission, 2012
- Primary Stroke Center Certification and Gold Seal of Approval™ from The Joint Commission Five Consecutive Years, 2008-2012
Grand View, Bucks County’s first hospital, has provided residents of Bucks and Montgomery counties with comprehensive health care services since 1913. Now a century strong, Grand View offers a range of inpatient and outpatient care – particularly emphasizing the areas of surgery and orthopaedics, women’s and children's health, heart and vascular care, and cancer treatment. For more information about Grand View services and programs, visit www.gvh.org.
About Get With The Guidelines
Get With The Guidelines® 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 heart.org/quality.