PERTH AMBOY–Raritan Bay Medical Center (RBMC), with locations in Old Bridge and Perth Amboy, has received the Get With The Guidelines®–Heart Failure Gold Quality Achievement Award from the American Heart Association (AHA). The recognition signifies that the medical center has reached an aggressive goal of treating heart failure patients with 85 percent compliance for at least 24 months to core standard levels of care as outlined by the AHA/American College of Cardiology secondary prevention guidelines for heart failure patients.
“Raritan Bay Medical Center is dedicated to making our care for heart failure patients among the best in the country,” said RBMC 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 RBMC. 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 recommended care is a critical step in preventing recurrent hospitalizations and prolonging the lives of heart failure patients,” said Lee H. Schwamm, MD, 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. “The goal is to help hospitals like Raritan Bay Medical Center reduce disability and the number of deaths in these patients.”
RBMC’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.
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