St. Vincent’s Riverside & Southside Receive Heart Failure Gold Quality Achievement Award | Health
JACKSONVILLE, Fla. -- St. Vincent’s Medical Center Riverside and St. Vincent’s Medical Center Southside have each received the Get With The Guidelines®–Heart Failure Gold Quality Achievement Award from the American Heart Association. The recognition signifies each hospital 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. Currently, the honor has only been awarded to 53 hospitals in the United States.
Get With The Guidelines–Heart Failure helps staff members 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. \
“St. Vincent’s has processes and procedures in place to make sure patients have successful outcomes,” said St. Vincent’s Cardiologist Dr. Steven Nauman. “Our entire team is committed to improving care and helping patients get back to their lives.”
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 these achievement awards.
“This recognition proves the cardiology teams at St. Vincent’s Riverside and Southside are dedicated to providing our heart failure patients with high-quality care,” said Christine Veal, System Director of Cardiology services. “I am extremely proud of our teams, both of whom constantly strive to improve the standard of care.”
According to the American Heart Association, about 5.7 million people in the U-S suffer from heart failure. Statistics also show that 670,000 new cases are diagnosed each year 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.