Jan. 16, 2012
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Erica C. Cline, 706.828.2393
University Hospital Earns “Get with the Guidelines – Heart
Failure” Recognition from the American Heart Association
Augusta, GA — University Hospital and the Heart & Vascular Institute are honored to be recognized by the American Heart Association as a recipient of the Bronze Achievement Award for Get with the Guidelines – Heart Failure.
Jim Groover, Director of AHA Quality Improvement Initiatives for Georgia/East Tennessee, will present the award at 2 p.m., Thursday, Jan. 29, in the administration board room in University’s Heart & Vascular Institute.
The Get with the Guidelines – Heart Failure initiative is the American Heart Association’s collaborative quality improvement program designed to improve adherence to evidence-based care of patients hospitalized with heart failure.
As a Bronze Achievement Award winner, University is recognized for its commitment to the program by following the recommended AHA heart failure protocols for 90 consecutive days. The next achievement level is Silver, which will be reached at 12 consecutive months, and Gold, which is reached after 24 consecutive months or longer.
The Achievement Measures for Get with the Guidelines-Heart Failure are:
- HF discharge instructions provided for all eligible patients
- Measurement of LV function in all eligible patients
- ACE inhibitor and/or ARB at discharge provided to eligible patients with LVEF < or = 0.40, in absence of documented contraindications or intolerance
- Beta blocker at discharge provided to eligible patients with LVEF < or = 0.40, in absence of documented contraindications or intolerance
- Smoking cessation counseling provided to all eligible patients (current or recent smokers)