The American Heart Association Recognizes Mercy Health – West Hospital with Silver-Plus Award for Heart Failure Care

(CINCINNATI; June 27, 2016) – Mercy Health - Cincinnati, which provides advanced, compassionate, quality care in your neighborhood through its care network, announces that the American Heart Association (AHA) has recognized West Hospital with the Get With The Guidelines®–Heart Failure Silver-Plus Quality Achievement Award. West Hospital won the award for implementing specific quality improvement measures outlined by the AHA/American College of Cardiology Foundation’s secondary prevention guidelines for patients with heart failure

This marks the second year that the AHA has recognized West Hospital, which opened in November 2013, with a quality achievement award.

“Since opening, Mercy Health – West Hospital has been dedicated to providing the very best quality 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 Mercy Health – West Market President and CEO Michael Kramer.

“We are pleased to recognize West Hospital for its commitment to heart failure care,” said Deepak L. Bhatt, MD, 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.”

West 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 would include ACE inhibitors/ARBs, beta-blockers, diuretics, anticoagulants and other appropriate therapies. Before the hospital discharges patients, patients also receive education on managing their heart failure and overall health, schedule their follow-up visit and receive other transition interventions.

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.

According 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 lifestyle changes.