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Southwest General Recognized With Gold Award for Heart Failure Care





Caroline Fienga

Public Relations Specialist

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Southwest General Recognized With Gold Award for Heart Failure Care


Middleburg Hts., OH (Wednesday, Aug. 2, 2017) – Southwest General has received the Get With The Guidelines®-Heart Failure Gold Quality Achievement Award for implementing specific quality improvement measures outlined by the American Heart Association/American College of Cardiology Foundation’s secondary prevention guidelines for patients with heart failure. 

According to the American Heart Association, more than 5.7 million adults in the U.S. suffer from heart failure, with the number expected to rise to eight million by 2030. Statistics show that each year more than 870,000 new cases are diagnosed and about 50 percent of those diagnosed will die within five years. However, 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. 

Get With The Guidelines-Heart Failure is a quality improvement program that helps hospital teams provide the most up-to-date, research-based guidelines with the goal of speeding recovery and reducing hospital readmissions for heart failure patients. Launched in 2005, numerous published studies have demonstrated the program’s success in achieving patient outcome improvements, including reductions in 30-day readmissions. 

“Southwest General 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,” said William A. Young, Jr., president and chief executive officer, Southwest General. “In return, this helps us to accomplish our goals by tracking and measuring our success in meeting internationally-respected guidelines.” 

The hospital 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 patient, proper use of medications and aggressive risk-reduction therapies. These would include:

  • ACE inhibitors/ARBs
  • Beta-blockers
  • Diuretics
  • Anticoagulants
  • Other appropriate therapies 

Before patients are discharged, they also receive education on managing their heart failure and overall health, getting a follow-up visit scheduled as well as other care transition interventions. 

“We are pleased to recognize Southwest General for their commitment to heart failure care,” said Paul Heidenreich, MD, MS, national chairman, Get With The Guidelines Steering Committee and professor of Medicine, Stanford University. “Research has shown that 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.” 

For more information, or to speak with a hospital representative, contact Caroline Fienga, interactive media and public relations specialist, at or 440-816-6723. 

About Southwest General
Southwest General is a private, not-for-profit, 350-bed acute care facility located in Middleburg Heights, Ohio. Founded in 1920, Southwest General is home to nationally recognized physicians with full access to state-of-the-art technology. Southwest General has a deep commitment to providing personalized care and building a healthy future for the patients, families and communities it serves. For more information, visit or find Southwest General on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram. 


About Get With The Guidelines

Get With The Guidelines® is the American Heart Association/American Stroke Association’s hospital-based quality improvement program, which provides hospitals with 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 six million patients since 2001. For more information, visit