Wyoming Medical Center receives Get With The Guidelines - Heart Failure Silver Plus Quality Achievement Award
By Kristy Bleizeffer Aug 24, 2020
Wyoming Medical Center has received the American Heart Association’s Get With The Guidelines®-Heart Failure Silver Plus Quality Achievement Award. The award recognizes the hospital’s commitment to ensuring heart failure patients receive the most appropriate treatment according to nationally recognized, research-based guidelines founded in the latest scientific evidence. The goal is speeding recovery and reducing hospital readmissions for heart failure patients.
Wyoming Medical Center earned the award by meeting specific quality achievement measures for the diagnosis and treatment of heart failure patients at a set level for a designated period. These measures include evaluation of the proper use of medications and aggressive risk-reduction therapies. Before discharge, patients should also receive education on managing their heart failure and overall health, get a follow-up visit scheduled, as well as other care transition interventions.
“I am proud of our physicians, allied health providers and our cardiovascular care staff who have collaborated to meet these goals. Our goal is to help patients work with their care team to manage their health,” said Carol Solie, MD, Vice President of Medical Informatics at Wyoming Medical Center.
Wyoming Medical Center is also recognized on the association’s Target: Heart FailureSM Honor Roll. Hospitals are required to meet specific criteria that improves medication adherence, provides early follow-up care and coordination and enhances patient education. The goal is to reduce hospital readmissions and help patients improve their quality of life in managing this chronic condition.
“We are pleased to recognize Wyoming Medical Center for their commitment to heart failure care,” said Lee H. Schwamm, M.D., national chairperson of the Quality Oversight Committee and Executive Vice Chair of Neurology, Director of Acute Stroke Services, Massachusetts General Hospital, Boston, Massachusetts. “Research has shown that hospitals adhering to clinical measures through the Get With The Guidelines quality improvement initiative can often see fewer readmissions and lower mortality rates.”
According to the American Heart Association, more than 6.5 million adults in the United States are living with heart failure. Many heart failure patients can lead a full, enjoyable life when their condition is managed with proper medications or devices and with healthy lifestyle changes.
About Wyoming Medical Center
Wyoming Medical Center is Casper’s only nonprofit, full-service acute care hospital, located both in the heart of the city and the heart of Wyoming. We are a regional referral and trauma center serving 11 Wyoming counties, 19 communities and 250,000 lives. We are Wyoming’s first Primary Stroke Center and treat more than 200 strokes per year in patients across the state.
About Get With The Guidelines®
Get With The Guidelines® is the American Heart Association/American Stroke Association’s Get With The Guidelines® is the American Heart Association/American Stroke Association’s hospital-based quality improvement program that provides hospitals with tools and resources to increase adherence to the latest research-based guidelines. Developed with the goal of saving lives and hastening recovery, Get With The Guidelines has touched the lives of more than 9 million patients since 2001. For more information, visit heart.org/quality.