Earning Gold Plus Designation in Heart Failure Care by the American Heart Association

January 11, 2016 3:25 pm

“This is the highest we can go!” said Julie Lundvick, clinical service director, of the Gold Plus Award from the American Heart Association.

Mercy Health Saint Mary’s has received the Get With The Guidelines®–Heart Failure Gold Plus Quality Achievement Award for implementing specific quality improvement measures outlined by the American Heart Association/American College of Cardiology Foundation secondary prevention guidelines for heart failure patients. The AHA came onsite on Tuesday, January 5 to bestow the plaque to the organization. During the ceremony, Lisa Kinsey-Callaway spoke a few words about the quality of care and thanked everyone who participated in elevating care for heart failure patients:

“The more we standardize and focus on our care, we are going above and beyond requirements set forth by CMS and The Joint Commission, while remaining people-centered while doing so. This comes down to everyone doing a great job, from the unit secretaries on the weekends, to the nursing staff, clinical nurse leaders, unit secretaries, transition coordinators, case management and physicians – everyone who is involved in achieving these quality measures.”

Get With The Guidelines–Heart Failure is a quality improvement program that helps hospital teams provide the most up-to-date, research-based guidelines with the goal of speeding recovery and reducing hospital readmissions for heart failure patients. In 2013, Mercy Health Saint Mary’s received a Silver Achievement Award, and in 2014, earned the Gold Achievement Award. This year’s American Heart Association Gold Plus Status for Heart Failure Award is the highest award offered and is a testament to commitment to continuous quality improvement and patient-focused care.

Mercy Health Saint Mary’s earned this award by meeting specific quality achievement measures for the diagnosis and treatment of heart failure patients for a designated period. These measures include aggressive risk-reduction therapies, such as cholesterol-lowering drugs, beta-blockers, ACE inhibitors, aspirin, diuretics, and anticoagulants while patients are in the hospital. Before patients are discharged, they also receive education on managing their heart failure and overall health, as well as referrals for cardiac rehabilitation.


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