Brigham and Women’s Faulkner Hospital has received the American Heart Association’s Get With The Guidelines® - Heart Failure Gold Plus with Target: Type 2 Diabetes Honor Roll quality achievement award for its commitment to improving outcomes for patients with heart failure, meaning reduced readmissions and more healthy days at home.
About 6 million U.S. adults are living with heart failure, a number that is expected to increase to more than 8 million by 2030.* Despite the name, heart failure doesn’t mean that the heart has stopped working—it means the heart is having a hard time pumping blood and oxygen throughout the body. While there’s no cure for heart failure, patients can live a quality life by working with their healthcare team to create and stick with a plan that may include medication, symptom monitoring and lifestyle changes.
Get With The Guidelines puts the expertise of the American Heart Association to work for hospitals nationwide, helping ensure patient care is aligned with the latest evidence- and research-based guidelines. The program aims to increase healthy days at home and reduce hospital readmissions for heart failure patients.
“Brigham and Women’s Faulkner Hospital is committed to improving patient care by adhering to the latest treatment guidelines,” says Chief Medical Officer Scott Schissel, MD, PhD. “Get With The Guidelines makes it easier for our teams to put proven knowledge and guidelines to work on a daily basis, which studies show can help patients recover better. The end goal is to ensure more people in our community can experience longer, healthier lives.”
Each year, program participants qualify for the award recognition by demonstrating how their organization has committed to providing quality care for heart failure patients. In addition to following treatment guidelines, Get With The Guidelines participants also provide education to patients to help them manage their heart failure at home.
BWFH additionally received the American Heart Association’s Target: Type 2 Diabetes Honor Roll award. Target: Type 2 Diabetes aims to ensure patients with Type 2 diabetes, who might be at higher risk for complications, receive the most up-to-date, evidence-based care when hospitalized due to heart disease or stroke.
*Circulation. 2022;145:e548. DOI: 10.1161/CIR.0000000000001052
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