University of Cincinnati Medical Center Receives American Heart Association’s Get With The Guidelines Bronze Quality Achievement Award

CINCINNATI—April 26, 2012—University of Cincinnati Medical Center has received the Get With The Guidelines® – Heart Failure Bronze Quality Achievement Award from the American Heart Association for its efforts in improving the care of heart failure patients.

In order to achieve the award, University of Cincinnati Medical Center successfully adopted core standard levels of care outlined by the American Heart Association and American College of Cardiology in their secondary prevention guidelines for heart failure patients. The hospital treated these patients for 90 days ensuring 85 percent compliance to the guidelines.

“We are dedicated to improving the outcome and quality of life for patients with heart failure,” said W. Brian Gibler, MD, president and CEO, University of Cincinnati Medical Center and senior vice president, UC Health. “This includes providing advanced, evidence-based care for these patients, which decreases the likelihood of requiring admission for heart failure. If the patient does require admission, this high-quality care decreases the potential for readmission after discharge from the hospital.”

Get With The Guidelines is a quality improvement initiative that seeks to prevent future hospitalizations of heart failure patients by using evidence-based guidelines and procedures. Patients are treated using leading risk reduction therapies including:

  • cholesterol-lowering drugs
  • beta-blockers
  • ACE inhibitors
  • aspirin
  • diuretics
  • anticoagulants

Patients in the heart failure treatment program receive counseling for alcohol and drug use and for thyroid management. The hospital also sets a plan for cardiac rehabilitation and makes necessary referrals prior to the patient’s discharge.

This prestigious honor follows on the heels of University of Cincinnati Medical Center’s Left Ventricular Assist Device (LVAD) program being the first in the region to receive Advanced Disease-Specific Care Certification for Ventricular Assist Device (VAD) by the Joint Commission. The distinctions underscore the commitment made by UC Health and the University of Cincinnati Cardiovascular Institute to be on the forefront of the fight against a disease which affects nearly 5.7 million people with 670,000 new cases annually and 277,000 fatalities annually.

About University of Cincinnati Medical Center
University of Cincinnati Medical Center is the region’s leading health care provider, serving more than 500,000 patients per year with primary care services and an extensive list of specialized inpatient and outpatient care services. It’s home to the area’s only adult Level I Trauma Center, accredited hospital-based helicopter ambulance service and multi-solid organ transplant center. The hospital is consistently ranked in U.S. News & World Report’s annual guide to America’s Best Hospitals and as one of the Top Tier Hospitals in the U.S. by Thompson Reuters.

About UC Health
UC Health includes University of Cincinnati Medical Center, ranked the best hospital in the region by US News and World Report; West Chester Hospital, Cincinnati’s newest hospital; Drake Center, Cincinnati’s premier provider of long term acute care; UC Physicians, Cincinnati’s largest specialty practice group with 650 board-certified clinicians and surgeons; the Lindner Center of HOPE, the region’s premier mental health center, and  the UC Cancer Institute, the UC Cardiovascular Institute, the UC Neuroscience Institute and the UC Diabetes and Endocrinology Institute. To learn more, visit UCHealth.com.

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Media Contact:
Jeff Seal, APR
UC Health
513-585-7567
Jeff.Seal@UCHealth.com

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