Princeton Baptist Medical Center Receives American Heart Association’s Get With The Guidelines-Heart Failure Gold Quality Achievement Award
Award demonstrates Princeton’s commitment to quality care for heart failure patients
Birmingham, May 2, 2013 — Princeton Baptist Medical Center has received the Get With The Guidelines®– Heart Failure Gold Quality Achievement Award from the American Heart Association. The recognition signifies that Princeton has reached an aggressive goal of treating heart failure patients according to the guidelines of care recommended by the American Heart Association/American College of Cardiology.
This marks the second year that Princeton has been recognized with a quality achievement award for heart failure.
Get With The Guidelines–Heart Failure helps Princeton’s staff develop and implement acute and secondary prevention guideline processes to improve patient care and outcomes. The program provides hospitals with a web-based patient management tool, best practice discharge protocols and standing orders, along with a robust registry and real-time benchmarking capabilities to track performance.
The quick and efficient use of guideline procedures can improve the quality of care for heart failure patients, save lives and ultimately, reduce healthcare costs by lowering the recurrence of heart attacks.
Following Get With The Guidelines–Heart Failure treatment guidelines, heart failure patients are started on aggressive risk-reduction therapies if needed, including cholesterol-lowering drugs, beta-blockers, ACE inhibitors, aspirin, diuretics and anticoagulants while in the hospital. Before discharge, they also receive education on managing their heart failure and overall health, including lifestyle modifications and follow-up care. Hospitals must adhere to these measures at a set level for a designated period of time to be eligible for the achievement awards.
“Princeton is dedicated to making our care for heart failure patients among the best in the country. The American Heart Association’s Get With The Guidelines–Heart Failure program helps us to accomplish this goal,” said Ann McEntire, RN, nursing director, CV Services. “This recognition demonstrates that we are on the right track and we’re very proud of our team.”
According to the American Heart Association, about 5.7 million people suffer from heart failure. Statistics also show that, each year, 670,000 new cases are diagnosed and more than 277,000 people will die of heart failure. However, many heart failure patients can lead a full, enjoyable life when their condition is managed with proper medications and devices and with healthy lifestyle changes.
ABOUT PRINCETON BAPTIST MEDICAL CENTER
Founded 91 years ago in 1922, Princeton is the largest hospital of Baptist Health System. Today Princeton Baptist is a full service tertiary hospital with approximately 1,400 employees providing a wide range of services including such specialties as diagnostic imaging, cancer treatment, wound care, diabetes care, cardiac services and surgery, pulmonary medicine, neurosurgery, obstetrics and orthopedics.
About Get With The Guidelines
Get With The Guidelines® is the American Heart Association/American Stroke Association’s hospital-based quality improvement program that empowers healthcare teams to save lives and reduce healthcare costs by helping hospitals follow evidence-based guidelines and recommendations. For more information, visit heart.org/quality.