September 15, 2020
American Heart Association Award recognizes Hackensack Meridian Health’s commitment to high-quality heart failure care
Four Hackensack Meridian Health medical centers received American Heart Association Get With The Guidelines®- Heart Failure Quality Achievement Awards. The awards recognize the hospitals’ 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 speeding recovery and reducing hospital readmissions for heart failure patients.
“We are proud of our team members across the network for their focus on exceptional, leading-edge cardiac care,” said Robert C. Garrett, FACHE, CEO, Hackensack Meridian Health. “Awards like this validate their dedication to providing the most compassionate and best care possible for all our patients.”
The medical centers earned the awards 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 proper use of medications and aggressive risk-reduction therapies. Before discharge, patients should also receive education on managing their heart failure and overall health, get a follow-up visit scheduled, as well as other care transition interventions.
The Hackensack Meridian medical centers that received quality achievement awards, include the following.
- Palisades Medical Center in North Bergen, NJ, received the Get With The Guidelines®-Heart Failure Gold Plus & Target: HF Honor Roll Award
- Jersey Shore University Medical Center in Neptune, NJ, received the Get With The Guidelines®-Heart Failure Gold Plus Award
- Riverview Medical Center in Red Bank, NJ, received the Get With The Guidelines®-Heart Failure Gold Award
- Bayshore Medical Center in Holmdel, NJ, received the Get With The Guidelines®-Heart Failure Silver Plus Award
The recognition levels; silver plus, gold, and gold plus, recognize the goal of treating patients with 85 percent or higher compliance to core standards of care outlined by the American Heart Association® over increasing lengths of time, culminating in two consecutive calendar years. The Target: HF Honor Roll Award recognizes hospitals achieving all three Target: Heart Failure care components for 50 percent or more of eligible patients with heart failure, discharged from the medical center, consistent with the time frame that is associated with the achievement award submission.
“We are pleased to recognize Hackensack Meridian Health for their commitment to heart failure care,” said Lee H. Schwamm, M.D., national chairperson of the Quality Oversight Committee and executive vice chair of Neurology, director of Acute Stroke Services, Massachusetts General Hospital, Boston, MA. “Research has shown that hospitals adhering to clinical measures through the Get With The Guidelines quality improvement initiative can often see fewer readmissions and lower mortality rates.”
According to the American Heart Association, more than 6.5 million adults in the United States are living 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.
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 9 million patients since 2001. For more information, visit heart.org.