University Hospital receives Get With The Guidelines-Heart Failure Gold Quality Achievement Award

American Heart Association Award recognizes University Hospital’s commitment to quality heart failure care

Augusta, June 7, 2019University Hospital has received the American Heart Association’s Get With The Guidelines®-Heart Failure Gold Quality Achievement Award. The award recognizes the hospital’s commitment to ensuring heart failure patients receive the most appropriate treatment according to nationally recognized, research-based guidelines founded in the latest scientific evidence. The goal is speeding recovery and reducing hospital readmissions for heart failure patients.

University Hospital earned the award by meeting specific quality achievement measures for the diagnosis and treatment of heart failure patients at a set level for a designated period. These measures include evaluation of the proper use of medications and aggressive risk-reduction therapies. Before discharge, patients should also receive education on managing their heart failure and overall health, get a follow-up visit scheduled, as well as other care transition interventions.

“This is the third time University Hospital has achieved GWTG gold achievement award, and it recognizes the highest levels of up-to-date, evidence-based guidelines use,” said Darshak Karia, MD FACC, medical director of University’s Advanced Heart Failure and LVAD Programs. “Our patients have access to the newest and best heart failure treatment options, and we have the only comprehensive Heart Failure program in the CSRA region.”

Dr. Karia credits University Hospital’s cross-disciplinary team for creating a program that focuses on the patient as a whole and provides support regarding disease education, pharmacy consultation, dietary consultation, cardiac rehab and physical therapy, social services and palliative consultations.

“This leads to improved outcomes that include patients living longer and having fewer hospitalizations,” he said. “We are excited about this recognition and strive to work harder to serve our community.”

According to the American Heart Association, more than 6.5 million adults in the United States are living with heart failure. Many heart failure patients can lead a full, enjoyable life when their condition is managed with proper medications or devices and with healthy lifestyle changes.