Fayetteville, Ga. (May 29, 2013) – Piedmont Fayette Hospital is now nationally recognized for bronze achievement in the American Heart Association’s Get with the Guidelines™ quality improvement program. The hospital demonstrated expertise in working to ensure care provided is consistent and up-to-date with both American Heart Association (AHA) and American Stroke Association (ASA) current scientific guidelines.
“Piedmont always strives to provide the best care to our patients,” said Fred Willms, M.D., chief medical officer at Piedmont Fayette. “This recognition demonstrates our commitment to top quality healthcare. Patients coming to Piedmont Fayette can expect expert care and rest assured knowing we are a nationally recognized hospital in both the heart failure and stroke areas.”
Get with the Guidelines™ is a quality improvement initiative that provides hospital staff with proven tools to care for heart failure patients and stroke victims to prevent future hospitalizations. The recognition signifies that Piedmont Fayette has reached the aggressive goal of treating heart failure patients for 90 consecutive days or more with at least 85 percent compliance to core standard levels of care outlined by AHA and ASA.
“The full implementation of national heart failure and stroke guideline recommended care is a crucial step in preventing recurrent hospitalizations and prolonging the lives of heart failure and stroke patients,” said Lee H. Schwamm, M.D., chair of the Get with the Guidelines National Steering Committee. “We are pleased to award Piedmont Fayette Hospital with achievement in both heart failure and stroke categories.”
The goal of Get with the Guidelines™ program is to help hospitals implement appropriate evidence-based care and protocols that will reduce disability and the number of deaths in these patients. The Get with the Guidelines™ program includes tools to help staff develop and implement acute and secondary prevention processes. The program includes quality-improvement measures such as care maps, discharge protocols, standing orders and measurement tools.
“The quick and efficient use of the Guideline tools will help Piedmont Fayette improve the quality of care for heart failure patients, save lives and ultimately reduce healthcare costs by lowering the recurrence of heart attacks,” said Dr. Willms. “Our hospital is dedicated to making heart care for our patients among the best in the country.”
According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), every 40 seconds someone in the U.S. has a stroke totaling nearly 800,000 residents annually. It is the fourth leading cause of death in America and can affect people of all ages and backgrounds. In addition, heart failure affects nearly 6 million people in the U.S.
To lower your risk of stroke and heart failure, incorporate these habits into your lifestyle: keep blood pressure under control; manage cholesterol; stop smoking; exercise regularly; eat a healthy diet low in sodium; maintain a healthy weight; prevent or control diabetes; and limit your alcohol intake.
For more information about heart health or cardiovascular services at Piedmont Fayette, visit piedmontfayette.org.