For efforts to give heart failure patients the best treatment, Palmetto Health Richland and Palmetto Health Baptist in South Carolina were recently honored by the American Heart Association (AHA) and American College of Cardiology with Get With The Guidelines–Heart Failure Gold Plus Quality Achievement Awards.
Additionally, Palmetto Health Baptist Parkridge received the Get With Guidelines–Heart Failure Silver Plus Quality Achievement Award.
The awards are part of the AHA and American College of Cardiology's Get With the Guidelines-Heat Failure quality improvement program, through which hospital staff members are educated on the latest heart failure treatment research and standards.
“Palmetto Health is dedicated to improving the quality of care for our heart failure patients, and implementing the American Heart Association’s Get With The Guidelines-Heart Failure program helps us to accomplish this goal by tracking and measuring our success in meeting internationally respected guidelines,” Dr. Barry Feldman, cardiologist for Palmetto Heart, said.
To win the awards, the Palmetto Health employees adhered to the program's quality achievement benchmarks, which included patient evaluation, use of medications, risk reduction therapies and patient education.
“We are pleased to recognize Palmetto Health for their commitment to heart failure care,” Dr. Paul Heidenreich, national chairman of the Get With The Guidelines Steering Committee and Professor of Medicine at Stanford University, said. “Research has shown there are benefits to patients who are treated at hospitals that have adopted the Get With The Guidelines program. Get With the Guidelines research has demonstrated the impact of lowering 30-day readmissions and reducing mortality rates.”