Jan. 19, 2012
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Erica C. Cline, 706.828.2393
University Hospital Presented with “Get with the
Guidelines – Heart Failure” Recognition from AHA
Augusta, GA — The Heart Failure team at University Hospital received the American Heart Association’s Bronze Achievement Award for Get with the Guidelines – Heart Failure on Thursday at University’s Heart & Vascular Institute.
Jim Groover, Director of AHA Quality Improvement Initiatives for Georgia/East Tennessee, presented the award to program director William Callahan, M.D., Cardiology; and Lynda Jones Watts, Administrative Director of Nursing Operations – Cardiovascular Nursing.
“We at the AHA are appreciative of all the efforts you all have put forth to earn this award,” Mr. Groover said.
Dr. Callahan noted the efforts of the entire team, who were on hand to witness the presentation.
“I’m very proud to be a part of a tremendously dedicated group of people,” he said.
The Get with the Guidelines – Heart Failure initiative is the AHA’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)