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Doylestown Hospital Recognized With Quality Achievement Award For Heart Failure Care

06/04/2014

DOYLESTOWN — Doylestown Hospital received the highest honor for heart failure care for the fourth consecutive year from the American Heart Association.

The Get With The Guidelines®–Heart Failure Gold-Plus Quality Achievement Award recognizes the implementation of specific quality improvement measures outlined by the American Heart Association/American College of Cardiology Foundation secondary prevention guidelines for heart failure patients. The research-based guidelines are designed to speed recovery and reduce hospital readmissions for heart failure patients

Doylestown Hospital earned the award by meeting specific quality achievement measures such as 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. Before patients are discharged, they also receive education on managing their heart failure and overall health, as well as referrals for cardiac rehabilitation.

"Doylestown Hospital is dedicated to continuously improving the quality of life and proactively advocates for the health and well being for our heart failure patients. Implementing the American Heart Association’s Get With The Guidelines–Heart Failure program helps us to accomplish this goal by tracking and measuring our success in meeting internationally-respected guidelines," said Christine Passarelli, BSN, RN, HN-BC, heart failure coordinator at Doylestown Hospital.

"We are pleased to recognize Doylestown Hospital for their commitment to heart failure care," said Deepak L. Bhatt, MD, MPH, national chairman of the Get With The Guidelines steering committee and Executive Director of Interventional Cardiovascular Programs at Brigham and Women's Hospital and Professor of Medicine at Harvard Medical School. "Studies have shown that hospitals that consistently follow Get With The Guidelines quality improvement measures can reduce patients’ length of stays and 30-day readmission rates and also reduce disparity gaps in care."

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 will die of heart failure. However, many heart failure patients can lead a full life when their condition is managed with proper medications and devices and with healthy lifestyle changes.

About Get With The Guidelines

Get With The Guidelines® is the American Heart Association/American Stroke Association’s hospital-based quality improvement program that provides hospitals with the latest research-based guidelines. Developed with the goal of saving lives and hastening recovery, Get With The Guidelines has touched the lives of more than 4 million patients since 2001.Visit Get With The Guidelines® for more information.