GOLD AWARD FOR STROKE AND HEART CARE

WellStar North Fulton Hospital recognized by American Heart Association

WellStar North Fulton Hospital has received the Get With The Guidelines®—Stroke Gold Plus Quality Achievement Award and Heart Failure Gold Plus Quality Achievement Award from the American Heart Association in conjunction with the American Stroke Association. The award recognizes the hospital’s commitment to provide world-class care for patients experiencing stroke and heart failure.

The program helps hospital teams align patient care with the latest guidelines based on scientific evidence. The quality measures focus on the best outcomes for stroke patients and include aggressive use of medications such as clot-busting and anti-clotting drugs; blood thinners and cholesterol-reducing drugs; preventive action for deep vein thrombosis; and smoking cessation counseling.

Stroke is the number five cause of death and a leading cause of adult disability in the United States. On average, someone suffers a stroke every 40 seconds; someone dies of a stroke every four minutes; and 795,000 people suffer a new or recurrent stroke each year.

Saving Hearts
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.

Quality measures to improve outcomes for patients with heart failure 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.

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 die within five years. However, many heart failure patients can lead a full, enjoyable life when their conditions are managed with proper medications or devices and with healthy lifestyle changes.

Developed with the goal of saving lives and hastening recovery, Get With The Guidelines has touched the lives of more than five million patients since 2001. For more information, visit heart.org/quality.