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UC Health Earns National Quality Recognition for Heart Failure Care

Jul. 20, 2022

CINCINNATI - UC Medical Center and West Chester Hospital Receive American Heart Association Heart Failure Gold Plus Awards.


UC Health’s University of Cincinnati Medical Center and West Chester Hospital have once again been recognized by the American Heart Association for their commitment to prioritizing superior cardiac care for heart failure patients.

UC Medical Center has received the American Heart Association’s Get With The Guidelines® 2022 Heart Failure Gold Plus Quality Achievement Award with Target: Heart Failure Honor Roll and Target: Type 2 Diabetes Honor Roll.

Hospitals included on the Heart FailureSM Honor Roll meet specific criteria that improve medication adherence, provide early follow-up care and coordination, and enhance patient education. The goal is to further reduce hospital readmissions and help patients improve their quality of life in managing this chronic condition.

West Chester Hospital has received the 2022 Heart Failure Gold Plus Quality Achievement Award with Target: Type 2 Diabetes Honor Roll.

Hospitals who are included on the Target: Type 2 Diabetes Honor Roll™ means that they are ensuring patients with Type 2 diabetes, who might be at higher risk for complications, receive the most up-to-date, evidence-based care when hospitalized due to heart disease or stroke.

This is the ninth time that UC Medical Center has received the Gold Plus award. West Chester Hospital has received the Gold Plus award for three consecutive years (2020, 2021, 2022).

More than 6.2 million adults in the U.S. live with heart failure. 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.

This recognition identifies UC Health’s commitment to ensuring heart failure patients receive the most appropriate treatment according to nationally recognized, research-based guidelines founded in the latest scientific evidence. The goal is implementing a higher standard of care that speeds recovery and reduces hospital readmissions for heart failure patients.

“At UC Health, we are committed to deliver state-of-the-art cardiac care to our patients who suffer from heart failure,” said Charles Hattemer, MD, chief of the Division of Cardiovascular Health and Disease and professor of clinical medicine at the UC College of Medicine. “Our team brings intense focus to provide advanced heart care to save more lives in emergencies, and to enable all of our patients to live longer and healthier lives.”

UC Health is the only adult heart transplant program in Greater Cincinnati and Northern Kentucky and has established a reputation for delivering innovative and compassionate heart disease treatment, from left ventricular assist devices (LVADs) to transplants and endoscopic cardiac valve surgery.