PERTH AMBOY–Raritan Bay Medical Center, with locations in Old Bridge and Perth Amboy, has received the Get With The GuidelinesSM – Heart Failure Gold Performance Achievement Award from the American Heart Association (AHA).
The recognition acknowledges that Raritan Bay has met or exceeded the evidenced-based guidelines for the optimal care of heart failure patients, as outlined by the AHA / American College of Cardiology, for two consecutive years. During this time the medical center met the aggressive goal of treating heart failure patients with 85 percent compliance to these core standard levels of care.
“Raritan Bay Medical Center is dedicated to making our care for heart failure patients among the best in the country,” said Raritan Bay Medical Center, Senior Vice President, Medical Affairs Michael Ciencewicki, MD. “We will continue our efforts and build off the success of this award by continuing to implement the Get With The Guidelines – Heart Failure program that assisted us in accomplishing this goal.”
Get With The Guidelines is a quality improvement initiative that provides hospital staff with tools that follow proven evidence-based guidelines and procedures in caring for heart failure patients to prevent future hospitalizations. Heart failure patients are started on aggressive risk reduction therapies such as cholesterol-lowering drugs, beta-blockers, ACE inhibitors, aspirin, diuretics, and anticoagulants at Raritan Bay Medical Center. They also receive alcohol/drug use and thyroid management counseling as well as referrals for cardiac rehabilitation before being discharged.
“The full implementation of national heart failure guideline recommended care is a critical step in preventing recurrent hospitalizations and prolonging the lives of heart failure patients,” said Gregg C Fonarow, MD, national chairman of the Get With The Guidelines Steering Committee and director of Ahmanson-UCLA Cardiomyopathy Center. “The goal of the AHA’s Get With The Guidelines program is to help hospitals like Raritan Bay Medical Center implement appropriate evidence-based care and protocols that will reduce disability and the number of deaths in these patients.”
Raritan Bay Medical Center’s quick and efficient use of guideline tools improves the quality of care provided to heart failure patients, saves lives and ultimately reduces healthcare costs by lowering the recurrence of heart attacks. The medical center received the silver award last year, acknowledging adherence to the guidelines for 12 consecutive months.
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