St. Francis Hospital Receives Gold Plus Award for Heart Failure Care Again
Roslyn, NY – For the second year in a row, St. Francis Hospital, The Heart Center®, has received the Get With The Guidelines® Heart Failure Gold Plus Quality Achievement Award. This was given 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 nationwide quality improvement program helps hospital teams provide the most up-to-date, evidence-based guidelines, with the goal of speeding recovery and reducing hospital readmissions for heart failure patients. Launched in 2005, numerous studies have cited the program’s success in achieving patient outcome improvements, including reductions in 30-day re-admissions.
St. Francis Hospital earned the award by meeting specific quality achievement measures for the diagnosis and treatment of heart failure patients at a set level, for a designated period. These measures include evaluation of the patient, proper use of medications and aggressive risk-reduction therapies such as ACE inhibitors, beta–blockers, diuretics, anticoagulants and other appropriate therapies. Before patients are discharged, they also receive education on managing their heart failure and overall health and get a follow-up visit scheduled, as well as other care transition interventions.
According to the American Heart Association, about 5.7 million people suffer from heart failure, and the number is expected to rise to 8 million by 2030. Each year, about 870,000 new cases are diagnosed, and about 50 percent of those diagnosed will die within 5 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.