Flagstaff Medical Center recognized with gold achievement award from the American Heart Association

Oct. 15, 2012

Flagstaff Medical Center (FMC) recently received the Get With The Guidelines®–Heart Failure Gold Quality Achievement Award from the American Heart Association. The Gold Quality Achievement Award recognizes FMC’s commitment to treating heart failure patients according to the guidelines of care recommended by the American Heart Association/American College of Cardiology.

“Our participation in the Get With The Guidelines program demonstrates our commitment to quality healthcare,” said Bill Bradel, F.A.C.H.E., FMC president and CEO. “As a participating hospital, we are following national guidelines that combine medical care and preventive measures with the ultimate goal of saving lives and improving the overall quality of health of our patients and the community.”

FMC’s participation in the Get With The Guidelines assures rapid diagnosis and treatment of heart failure patients. Training and staffing recommendations, care plans, discharge protocols, physician orders, data collection and measurement tools are all considered part of program, which also facilitates creating and sharing best practices among participating hospitals. 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. 

Get With The Guidelines was developed as a hospital-based, quality-improvement program to improve the quality of life and help reduce deaths and disabilities among patients with heart disease. The program is designed to ensure hospitals consistently care for cardiac and stroke patients by following up-to-date guidelines and recommendations in the treatment of coronary artery disease, heart failure and stroke. Hospitals must adhere to these measures at a set level for a designated period of time to be eligible for the achievement awards.                    

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.

“These statistics are more than numbers – they are neighbors, friends and family,” Bradel said. “Awareness and preventive care can improve such numbers, and more importantly, save people’s lives. That’s why we have chosen to participate in the Get With The Guidelines program.”

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