Conn. June 3, 2015) — Saint Francis Hospital and
Medical Center has received the Get With
Failure Gold-Plus 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.
This marks the sixth year that Saint Francis has been
recognized with a Get With The Guidelines
quality achievement award.
also received the association’s Target:
Heart Failure Honor Roll. This initiative provides hospitals with
educational tools, prevention programs and treatment guidelines designed to
reduce the risk of heart failure patients ending up back in the hospital.
Hospitals are required to meet criteria that improves medication adherence,
provides early follow-up care and coordination, and enhances patient education.
The goal is to reduce hospital readmissions and help patients improve their
quality of life in managing this chronic condition.
Saint Francis is
the only hospital in the state to earn the Target:
Heart Failure Honor Roll distinction.
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.
Saint Francis 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. ACE inhibitors/ARBs, beta-blockers, diuretics, anticoagulants,
and other appropriate therapies are included. Before patients are discharged,
they also receive education on managing their heart failure and overall health,
schedule a follow-up appointment, and other care transition interventions.
“Saint Francis is
dedicated to improving the quality of care for our heart failure patients. Implementing
the American Heart Association’s Get With
The Guidelines–Heart Failure program helps us to accomplish this goal by
tracking and measuring our success in meeting internationally-respected
guidelines,” said Daniel Diver, M.D., Chief of
Cardiology, Saint Francis Care.
“This recognition confirms that we are on the right track, and we’re very proud
of our team for achieving this honor for the fourth year in a row.”
“Following these guidelines is a
crucial step in prolonging the lives of heart failure patients. We are fully
committed to maintaining this very high level of performance,” said Richard Soucier, M.D., Director, Congestive Heart
Failure Unit at Saint Francis.
“We are pleased to recognize Saint Francis
for its commitment to heart failure care,” said Deepak L. Bhatt, M.D.,
M.P.H., national chairman of the Get With The Guidelines steering
committee and Executive Director of Interventional Cardiovascular Programs at
Brigham and Women's Hospital and Professor of Medicine at Harvard Medical
School. “Studies have shown that hospitals that consistently follow Get With The Guidelines quality
improvement measures can reduce patients’ length of stays and 30-day readmission
rates, and also reduce disparity gaps in care.”
to the American Heart Association, about 5.7 million adults in the United
States suffer from heart failure, with the number expected to rise to eight
million by 2030. Statistics show that each year about 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
About Saint Francis Care
Saint Francis Care is an integrated healthcare delivery system established by
Saint Francis Hospital and Medical Center, an anchor institution in north
central Connecticut since 1897. Licensed
for 617 beds and 65 bassinets, it is a major teaching hospital and the largest
Catholic hospital in New England. Other
major entities of Saint Francis Care
include The Mount Sinai Rehabilitation Hospital, the Connecticut Joint
Replacement Institute, the Hoffman Heart and Vascular Institute of Connecticut,
the Saint Francis/Mount Sinai Regional Cancer Center, the Joyce D. and Andrew
J. Mandell Center for Comprehensive Multiple Sclerosis Care and Neuroscience
Research, and Saint Francis HealthCare
Partners. Johnson Memorial Medical
Center, parent organization of Johnson Memorial Hospital, Evergreen Health Care
Center, and Home and Community Health Services is also a Saint Francis Care Partner. Saint Francis Care’s services are supported by a network of five major Access
Centers and eight additional medical office centers sited throughout the
region. For more information, visit www.stfranciscare.com.
About Get With The Guidelines
Get With The Guidelines® is the American Heart Association/American
Stroke Association’s hospital-based quality improvement program that 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 5 million patients since 2001. For more information, visit heart.org/quality or heart.org/QualityMap.