Pomona Valley Hospital Medical Center (PVHMC) has received the Get With
The Guidelines®-Heart 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 seventh consecutive year that PVHMC has been recognized
with a quality achievement award.
Get With The Guidelines-Heart Failure is a quality improvement program
that helps hospital teams follow the most up-to-date, research-based standards
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.
PVHMC earned the award by meeting specific quality achievement measures
for the diagnosis and treatment of heart failure patients. These measures
include evaluation of the patient, proper use of medications and aggressive
risk-reduction therapies, such as ACE inhibitors/ARBs, beta-blockers,
diuretics, anticoagulants, and other appropriate therapies. Before patients
are discharged, they also receive education on managing their heart failure
and overall health, get a follow-up visit scheduled, as well as other
care transition interventions.
“Pomona Valley Hospital Medical Center is dedicated to improving
the quality of care for our heart failure patients, and 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 Richard
E. Yochum, FACHE, President and CEO.
“We are pleased to recognize Pomona Valley Hospital Medical Center
for their commitment to heart failure care,” said Paul Heidenreich,
M.D., M.S., national chairman of the Get With The Guidelines Steering
Committee and Professor of Medicine at Stanford University. “Research
has shown there are benefits to patients who are treated at hospitals
that have adopted the Get With The Guidelines program. Get With the Guidelines
research has demonstrated the impact of lowering 30-day readmissions and
reducing mortality rates.”
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.