Award demonstrates St. Joseph's commitment to quality care for heart failure patients
PATERSON, NJ (July 11, 2012) – St. Joseph's Regional Medical Center proudly received the Get With The Guidelines-Heart Failure (GWTG-HF) Gold Plus Quality Achievement Award from the American Heart Association/American Stroke Association (AHA/ASA) for its excellence in the treatment of patients with heart failure.
"We certainly take patient safety and quality of care very seriously and continue to make great strides in these areas. St. Joseph's staff is working hard at both hospital campuses – St. Joseph's Regional Medical Center and St. Joseph's Wayne Hospital – to improve our processes to advance patient safety and quality outcomes for the communities we serve. Our successes are evident as we continue to set new standards for patient care," said Maria Brennan, MSN, RN, CPHQ, Chief Nursing Officer, St. Joseph's Healthcare System, and Vice President, Patient Care Services, St. Joseph's Regional Medical Center.
Involvement in the Get With The Guidelines program has been a successful strategy for St. Joseph's Regional Medical Center since 2006 when the medical center was honored as the first hospital in New Jersey and one of the first four hospitals in the nation to receive the AHA/ASA Get With The Guidelines (GWTG) Triple Gold Award. Under the reorganized AHA/ASA GWTG program, St. Joseph's Regional Medical Center also currently holds the Get With The Guidelines-Stroke Gold Plus Quality Achievement Award, received in November 2011.
The Get With The Guidelines-Heart Failure Quality Achievement Award is given only to hospitals that achieve 85 percent or higher adherence to all achievement indicators for two or more consecutive 12-month intervals and have achieved 75 percent or higher compliance with four of nine GWTG-HF Quality Measures.
Under Get With The Guidelines–Heart Failure, protocols heart failure patients are started on aggressive risk reduction therapies such as cholesterol-lowering drugs, beta-blockers, ACE inhibitors, aspirin, diuretics, and anticoagulants in the hospital. They also receive alcohol/drug use and thyroid management counseling as well as referrals for cardiac rehabilitation before being discharged.
"The St. Joseph's Regional Medical Center team is to be commended for this commitment to improving the quality of care for their patients," said Lee H. Schwamm, MD, Chair of the Get With The Guidelines National Steering Committee and Director of the TeleStroke and Acute Stroke Services at Massachusetts General Hospital in Boston. "The goal of the American Heart Association's Get With The Guidelines program is to help healthcare providers implement appropriate evidence-based care and protocols that will reduce disability and death and improve the quality of life for patients. Published scientific studies are providing us with more and more evidence that Get With The Guidelines works. Patients are getting the right care they need when they need it. That's resulting in improved survival."
"St. Joseph's Regional Medical Center is dedicated to being among the top hospitals nationwide in the care of heart failure patients and implementing the American Heart Association's Get With The Guidelines–Heart Failure program is helping us accomplish this goal by making it easier for our staff to improve the long-term outcome for our patients," said Maria Brennan, MSN, RN, CPHQ, Chief Nursing Officer, St. Joseph's Healthcare System, and Vice President of Patient Care Services, St. Joseph's Regional Medical Center.
Get With The Guidelines–Heart Failure helps St. Joseph's staff develop and implement acute and secondary prevention guideline processes. The program provides hospitals with a web-based patient management tool, decision support, robust registry, real-time benchmarking capabilities and other performance improvement methodologies toward the goal of enhancing patient outcomes and saving lives.
This high-tech, evidence-based approach enables St. Joseph's Regional Medical Center to improve the quality of care it provides heart failure patients, save lives and ultimately, reduce healthcare costs by avoiding re-hospitalization.
Performance awards received by St. Joseph's Regional Medical Center in the last year include U.S. News & World Report recognition as one of the Best Regional Hospitals, New York Metro Region, with specialty recognition for Cancer, Orthopedics, and Nephrology, 2011-12; named one of the Nation's MOST WIRED health care organizations according to Health Care's Most Wired 2012 Survey conducted in cooperation with McKesson Corporation, the College of Healthcare Information Management Executives (CHIME), and the American Hospital Association; Healthgrades 5-Star Rating and Specialty Excellence Awards for Gynecologic Surgery and Maternity Care, 2012 (St. Joseph's is one of only 3 hospitals in New Jersey to receive this distinction, ranking it in the top 5% in the nation); The American Heart Association Get With The Guidelines Gold Plus Award-Heart Failure 2011 and 2012, and GWTG Gold Plus Award-Stroke, 2011; and Becker's Hospital Review/Becker's ASC recognition as one of the nation's 100 Great Places to Work in Healthcare, 2012.
"We've facilitated many new protocols and policies that are steadily improving the current high level of patient care across St. Joseph's Healthcare System. Patient safety and quality care are paramount to our mission," said Mrs. Brennan.