Lehigh Valley Hospital–Hazleton Earns Stroke & Heart Failure Achievement Award
American Heart Association recognizes Lehigh Valley Hospital–Hazleton’s commitment to quality stroke and heart failure care
For the eleventh consecutive year, Lehigh Valley Hospital–Hazleton (LVH–Hazleton) has received the American Heart Association/American Stroke Association’s Get With The Guidelines®–Stroke Gold Plus Quality Achievement Award and the American Heart Association’s Get With The Guidelines®–Heart Failure Gold Plus Quality Achievement Award. Each award recognizes the hospital’s commitment to ensuring stroke and heart failure patients receive the most appropriate treatment according to nationally recognized, research-based guidelines founded in the latest scientific evidence.
Get With The Guidelines®–Stroke Gold Plus Quality Achievement Award
LVH–Hazleton earned the Get With The Guidelines®–Stroke Gold Plus Quality Achievement Award by meeting specific quality achievement measures for the diagnosis and treatment of stroke patients at a set level for a designated period. These measures include evaluation of the proper use of medications and other stroke treatments aligned with the most up-to-date, evidence-based guidelines with the goal of speeding recovery and reducing death and disability for stroke patients. Before discharge, patients should also receive education on managing their health, get a follow-up visit scheduled, as well as other care transition interventions.
Lehigh Valley Hospital–Hazleton additionally received the association’s Target: StrokeSM Honor Roll award. To qualify for this recognition, hospitals must meet quality measures developed to reduce the time between the patient’s arrival at the hospital and treatment with the clot-buster tissue plasminogen activator, or tPA, the only drug approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration to treat ischemic stroke.
Get With The Guidelines®–Heart Failure Gold Plus Quality Achievement Award
LVH–Hazleton earned this 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 proper use of medications and aggressive risk-reduction therapies. Before discharge, patients should also receive education on managing their heart failure and overall health, get a follow-up visit scheduled, as well as other care transition interventions.
LVH–Hazleton also received the association’s Target: Heart FailureSM Honor Roll for the seventh consecutive year. Hospitals are required to meet specific criteria that improve medication adherence, provides early follow-up care and coordination and enhances patient education. The goal is to reduce hospital readmissions and help patients improve their quality of life in managing this chronic condition.
“We are pleased to recognize Lehigh Valley Hospital–Hazleton for their commitment to heart failure and stroke care,” said Lee H. Schwamm, MD, national chairperson of the Quality Oversight Committee and Executive Vice-Chair of Neurology, Director of Acute Stroke Services, Massachusetts General Hospital, Boston, Massachusetts. “Research has shown that hospitals adhering to clinical measures through the Get With The Guidelines quality improvement initiative can often see fewer readmissions and lower mortality rates.”
“Lehigh Valley Hospital–Hazleton is dedicated to improving the quality of care for stroke patients and our patients with heart failure by implementing the American Heart Association’s Get With The Guidelines-Stroke and Heart Failure initiatives,” said Anthony Valente, MD, Chief Medical Officer, LVH–Hazleton. “The tools and resources provided help us track and measure our success in meeting evidenced-based clinical guidelines developed to improve patient outcomes. Attaining this status for 11 consecutive years demonstrates our ongoing commitment to excellence.”
About Get With The Guidelines®
Get With The Guidelines® is the American Heart Association/American Stroke Association’s hospital-based quality improvement program that provides hospitals with tools and resources to increase adherence to the latest research-based guidelines. Developed with the goal of saving lives and hastening recovery, Get With The Guidelines® has touched the lives of more than 6 million patients since 2001. For more information, visit heart.org.
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