Flagstaff Medical Center receives silver award from American Heart Association

Nov. 17, 2011

Flagstaff Medical Center (FMC) recently received the Get With The Guidelines – Heart Failure Silver Quality Achievement Award from the American Heart Association. The Silver Quality Achievement Award recognizes FMC’s commitment and success in implementing a higher standard of care for heart failure patients.

“Our participation in the Get With The Guidelines program demonstrates our commitment to quality healthcare,” said William Bradel, Flagstaff Medical Center 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.”

The award recognizes FMC for following treatment guidelines outlined by the American Heart Association and American College of Cardiology. FMC’s participation in the Get with the Guidelines assures rapid diagnosis and treatment of heart failure when patients are admitted to the Emergency Department. Training and staffing recommendations, care plans, discharge protocols, physician orders, data collection and measurement tools are all considered as part of this Get With The Guidelines award. The program also facilitates creating and sharing best practices among participating hospitals.

Get With The Guidelines was developed as a hospital-based, quality-improvement program. The program is designed to ensure hospitals consistently care for cardiac and stoke patients by following up-to-date guidelines and recommendations in the treatment of coronary artery disease, heart failure and stroke. The goal of the program is to improve the quality of life and help reduce deaths and disabilities among patients with heart disease and stroke.

The American Heart Association reports that heart failure causes one of every six deaths in the U.S. Each year, an estimated 785,000 Americans will have heart failure for the first time and 470,000 will have a recurrent heart failure. Approximately every 25 seconds an American will have some kind of heart failure, and approximately every minute someone will die of some kind of heart failure.

“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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