WVU Medicine United Hospital Center (UHC) has received three American Heart Association Get With The Guidelines achievement awards for demonstrating commitment to following up-to-date, research-based guidelines for the treatment of heart disease and stroke, ultimately leading to more lives saved, shorter recovery times and fewer readmissions to the hospital.
Every 40 seconds, someone in the U.S. has a stroke or heart attack, and heart disease and stroke are the No. 1 and No. 5 causes of death in the United States, respectively. Studies show patients can recover better when providers consistently follow treatment guidelines.
Get With The Guidelines put the expertise of the American Heart Association and American Stroke Association to work for hospitals nationwide, helping ensure patient care is aligned with the latest evidence- and research-based guidelines. As a participant in Get With The Guidelines programs, UHC qualified for numerous awards by demonstrating how their organization has committed to improving quality care.
“WVU Medicine United Hospital Center is committed to improving care by adhering to the latest treatment guidelines and streamlining processes to ensure timely and proper care for heart attacks and strokes,” said Dr. Mark Povroznik, vice president of Quality and chair of Infection Control. “The Get With The Guidelines programs make it easier for our teams to put proven knowledge and guidelines to work on a daily basis, which helps us ensure more people in North Central West Virginia experience longer, healthier lives.”
This year, UHC received the following achievement awards:
- Get With The Guidelines — Stroke Gold Plus with Stroke Honor Roll Elite and Type 2 Diabetes Honor Roll
- Get With The Guidelines — Heart Failure Gold Plus with Heart Failure Honor Roll and Type 2 Diabetes Honor Roll
- Get With The Guidelines — Resuscitation Gold
“We are pleased to recognize WVU Medicine United Hospital Center for its commitment to caring for those in their community who need cardiovascular care,” said John Warner, M.D., FAHA, past president of the American Heart Association and executive vice president for health system affairs at UT Southwestern Medical Center, in Dallas. “Hospitals that follow the American Heart Association’s quality improvement protocols often see improved patient outcomes, fewer readmissions and lower mortality rates – a win for health care systems, families, and communities.”
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