Get With The Guidelines is a hospital-based quality-improvement program designed to ensure that hospitals consistently care for cardiac and stroke patients following the most up-to-date guidelines and recommendations.
The program addresses coronary artery disease, heart failure and stroke. Currently more than 1,400 hospitals participate in the program.
Hospitals recognized in each category achieve at least 85 percent compliance to Get With The Guidelines measures.
Those achieving 85 percent compliance for 24 consecutive months receive the Gold Performance Achievement Award, with the Silver Performance Achievement Award going to those with 85 percent compliance for 12 consecutive months.
The Bronze is given to those hospitals achieving 85 percent compliance for three months.
“By following AHA Guidelines, Redmond is improving the quality of care for patients with heart failure. This award means we are consistently ensuring that patients get the appropriate evaluations, medications and education,” says Toni Puckett, RN, BSN, Heart Failure Accreditation Coordinator. “Unlike many medical conditions, individuals with heart failure can make choices that improve their lives. Our participation in AHA-GWTG program ensures our patients leave Redmond with the right information and are best equipped for living their life to the fullest.”
The American Heart Association/American Stroke Association recognizes Redmond’s commitment and success in performance achievement and will continue to partner with Redmond in working towards the Silver Achievement Award.
“Healthcare providers who use Get With The Guidelines are armed with the latest evidence-based guidelines and immediate access to clinical decision support, using a set of tools that have been shown to improve delivery of evidence-based care. The goal of this initiative is to improve the quality of life and help reduce deaths and disability among patients with heart disease and stroke,” said Lee Schwamm, M.D., national chairman of the Get With The Guidelines steering committee, associate professor of neurology at Harvard Medical School and Vice Chairman of Neurology at Massachusetts General Hospital.
“We are proud that the American Heart Association and American Stroke Association have recognized Redmond Regional for our achievements in their Get With The Guidelines program,” said Carlton Ulmer, Interim CEO. “Get With The Guidelines gives our professionals the tools and reports they need to effectively treat our coronary heart disease, heart failure and stroke patients.”