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
- ACE inhibitors/ARBs
- 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
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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 swgeneral.com 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 heart.org.