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Published on June 01, 2016

UHS honored for care of heart-failure patients

UHS Wilson Medical Center has received a 2016 “Get with the Guidelines-Heart Failure Gold-Plus Quality Achievement Award” for its exceptional care of patients experiencing heart failure.

To qualify for national Gold-Plus status, UHS Wilson was required to demonstrate that it has implemented specific quality improvement measures outlined by the American Heart Association and the American College of Cardiology Foundation.

"We recognize your hospital for its continued success in using the 'Get with the Guidelines' program," said Nancy Brown, chief executive officer of the American Heart Association. "Thank you for applying the most up-to-date, evidence-based treatment guidelines to improve patient care and outcomes in the community you serve."

"Get with the Guidelines" is the American Heart Association’s and American Stroke Association’s hospital-based quality improvement program that provides hospitals with the latest research-based standards for patient care. It helps hospital teams provide the most up-to-date, research-based standards to speed recovery and reduce readmissions for heart-failure patients.

UHS Wilson was recognized for enacting specific quality achievement measures for diagnosis and treatment at set levels and periods of time.

These measures include proper use of medications and aggressive risk-reduction therapies, such as cholesterol-lowering drugs, beta-blockers, ACE inhibitors, aspirin, diuretics and anticoagulants while patients are in the hospital.

Patients also routinely receive education on managing their heart failure and overall health and are screened for potential referral to cardiac rehabilitation.

UHS is dedicated to improving the quality of care for its heart-failure patients. Implementing the "Get with the Guidelines" program helps the organization accomplish this goal by tracking and measuring its success in meeting nationally accepted guidelines.

According to the American Heart Association, about 5.1 million people suffer from heart failure; each year, 670,000 new cases are diagnosed and more than 275,000 people die.

However, many heart-failure patients can lead full lives when their condition is managed with proper medications and devices and with healthy lifestyle changes.

UHS is 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 heart specialists, surgeons and allied health professionals.