FMC recognized for second year by American Heart Association with Gold Achievement Award

October 18, 2013

For the second consecutive year, Flagstaff Medical Center (FMC) 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.

With this high honor, FMC will be recognized in U.S. News and World Report and will be honored at an American Heart Association ceremony. In previous years, FMC has received silver and gold awards from the organization.

“Flagstaff Medical Center 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 Steve Lewis, M.D., FMC chief medical officer and vice president of Medical Affairs. “This recognition demonstrates that we are doing the right things for our patients. Being honored for giving excellent patient care is the best recognition a hospital can get.”

The quick and efficient use of Get With The Guidelines 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 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, patients 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.

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.

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