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Published on November 03, 2013

Abington Memorial Hospital Recognized for Heart Failure Care

Gwt With The Guidelines - Heart Failure awardAbington, PA (November 3, 2013)—Abington Memorial Hospital has been recognized for successfully implementing a higher standard of care for heart failure patients through the American Heart Association’s Get With The Guidelines®–Heart Failure quality improvement program.

Abington Memorial Hospital, a Gold level recipient, is among 299 hospitals receiving a Get With the Guidelines–Heart Failure award this year. More than 1,000 hospitals received awards for their achievements in heart, stroke and resuscitation care. All recipients are featured in a special advertisement in the August issue of  US News & World Report’s “America’s Best Hospitals.”

Get With The Guidelines is a hospital-based quality improvement program created to ensure hospitals consistently care for heart and stroke patients using the most up-to-date guidelines and recommendations.

“We are pleased to recognize the top Get With The Guidelines participants,” said Deepak L. Bhatt, M.D., M.P.H., national chairman of the Get With The Guidelines steering committee and Chief of Cardiology at VA Boston Healthcare System, Senior Physician at Brigham and Women's Hospital and Professor of Medicine at Harvard Medical School. “Published scientific studies are providing us with evidence that Get With The Guidelines works. Patients are getting the right care they need when they need it. That’s resulting in increased survival.”

With Get With the Guidelines–Heart Failure treatment guidelines, heart failure patients are started on aggressive therapies and medications that can help improve patient care and outcomes. Hospitals must follow these measures at a set level for a designated period of time to be eligible for the achievement awards.

“We are proud that the American Heart Association/American Stroke Association has chosen the ‘America’s Best Hospitals’ issue of US News & World Report to recognize Abington Memorial Hospital for our achievements in their quality improvement programs,” said John J. Kelly, MD chief of staff at Abington Memorial Hospital. “Get With The Guidelines gives our healthcare teams the tools they need to enhance the treatment and care of our patients.”

About 5.1 million people suffer from heart failure, according to the American Heart Association. Each year, 670,000 new cases are diagnosed and more than 275,000 people die of a heart failure-related cause.

About Abington Memorial Hospital

Abington Memorial Hospital is a 665-bed, acute care teaching hospital with a medical staff of more than 1,100 physicians and more than 5,600 employees. These professionals provide medical care and health services to residents of Bucks, Montgomery and Philadelphia counties.

A regional provider, Abington Memorial Hospital has the only Level II accredited trauma center in Montgomery County and offers highly specialized services in cardiac care, cancer care, neurosciences, orthopaedics, home health and maternal/child health.

About Get With The Guidelines

Get With The Guidelines® is the American Heart Association/American Stroke Association’s hospital-based quality improvement program that empowers healthcare teams to save lives and reduce healthcare costs by helping hospitals follow evidence-based guidelines and recommendations.  For more information, visit heart.org/quality and heart.org/myhealthcare.

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