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CaroMont Health Takes Home the Gold

12-20-2012

CaroMont Health Receives American Heart Association’s Get with the Guidelines—

Heart Failure Gold Plus Quality Achievement Award

No one likes to be told to “get with the program,” but in some instances getting with it may mean the difference between life and death. CaroMont Health yesterday was awarded Get With The Guidelines ®–Heart Failure Gold Quality Achievement Award from the American Heart Association (AHA) which means it has reached an exceptional goal of treating heart failure patients and saving more lives.

For the third year in a row, CaroMont Health has been recognized with this quality achievement award based on the guidelines of care recommended by the American Heart Association/American College of Cardiology.

“This award represents the excellent patient care patients receive when they visit our hospital,” said James Arter, MD. “Our multidisciplinary team goes above and beyond health care standards to provide an evidenced-based approach in caring for our patients to advance improved patient outcomes, reduce readmissions and over all, save lives.

Out of the 21 hospitals in North Carolina who participate in the Get WithThe Guidelines–Heart Failure QI program this year, CaroMont Health’s CaroMont Regional Medical Center is among the four in the state to achieve the Gold Plus Award level—the highest level in the heart failure award category presented by AHA. This award helps CaroMont staff 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 improving heart failure outcomes.

“Recent studies show that patients treated in hospitals participating in the American Heart Association’s Get With The Guidelines-Heart Failure program receive a higher quality of care and may experience better outcomes,” said Lee H. Schwamm, M.D., chair of the Get With The Guidelines National Steering Committee and director of the TeleStroke and Acute Stroke Services at Massachusetts General Hospital in Boston, Mass. “CaroMont Health’s team is to be commended for their commitment to improving the care of their patients.”

Following Get With The Guidelines–Heart Failure treatment guidelines, heart failure patients are started on aggressive risk-reduction therapies if needed, including 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 the achievement awards.

“CaroMont Health 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 Arter. “This recognition demonstrates that we are on the right track and we’re very proud of our team.”

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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About CaroMont Health

CaroMont Health, the parent company for CaroMont Regional Medical Center , has more than 3,800 employees, 43 medical practices, and eight affiliates. A Magnet hospital for nursing excellence and quality patient care, CaroMont Regional Medical Center is a 435-bed acute care facility supported by a medical staff of more than 300 physicians.

CaroMont Health’s mission is to provide exceptional health care to the communities it serves, and in 2012, it has been recognized by the following experts:

  • § Healthiest Employer Award by Charlotte Business Journal
  • § Thomson and Reuters 50 Top Cardiovascular Hospital
  • § Thompson and Reuters 100 Top Hospital
  • § Premier Alliance Quality Advisor Top Performer Award
  • § Health Grades Distinguished Hospital Award for Clinical Excellence
  • § Health Grades Excellence Award for Emergency Medicine
  • § Health Grades Americas 100 Best for Cardiac Care, Cardiac Surgery, Spine Surgery, Women’s Health
  • § Leapfrog Hospital Safety ScoreSM Grade A for Patient Safety
  • § Becker’s Hospital Review 100 Best Community Hospital
  • § The America’s 100 Best Hospitals in Critical Care for Second Consecutive Year

CaroMont Health is located at 2525 Court Drive in Gastonia, N.C., and can be reached at (704) 834-2000. Additional information is available at www.caromonthealth.org.

About Get With The Guidelines

Get With The Guidelines ® is the American Heart Association/American Stroke Association’s hospital-based quality improvement program that empowers healthcare teams to save lives and reduce healthcare costs by helping hospitals follow evidence-based guidelines and recommendations. For more information, visit heart.org/quality.