The University Of Tennessee Medical Center Awarded Three Recognitions From The American Heart And Stroke Association

Today, Jared Ellis with the American Heart Association and American Stroke
Association awarded three recognitions for the Get with the Guidelines® quality improvement programs to representatives at The University of Tennessee Medical Center’s Heart Lung Vascular Institute and Brain and Spine Institute. The recognitions were for the following:

  • Get With The Guidelines - Heart Failure Gold Plus Quality Achievement Award
  • Get With The Guidelines - Stroke Gold Plus Quality Achievement Award
  • Get With The Guidelines - Target Stroke Honor Roll Elite Plus

Get With The Guidelines-Heart Failure is the American Heart Association’s collaborative quality improvement program for improving care by promoting consistent adherence to the latest scientific treatment guidelines. Numerous studies have been published demonstrating the program’s success in achieving improvements in patient outcomes.  This marks the sixth year that UT Medical Center has been recognized with a quality achievement award.

“I believe UT Medical Center’s gold plus award for heart failure treatment validates that our program and team provide the highest level of care for patients faced with this serious condition and ensures our community that the optimal level of care is available to them,” said Dr. John W. Mack, medical advisor for the Heart Lung Vascular Institute and a cardiothoracic surgeon at UT Medical Center. “We thank the American Heart Association for recognizing us with this accomplishment and for creating the Get With The Guidelines program to benefit patient care.”

The Gold Plus recognition for heart failure indicates that UT Medical Center is committed to providing the most appropriate heart failure treatment according to nationally recognized, evidence based research.  To qualify for the Gold Plus award, hospitals must reach an aggressive goal of treating heart failure patients with compliance to both core and quality measures of care as outlined by the American Heart Association. These measures include evaluation of the patient, proper use of medications and aggressive risk-reduction therapies, such as ACE inhibitors/ARBs, beta-blockers, diuretics, anticoagulants, and other appropriate therapies. Before patients are discharged, they also receive education on managing their heart failure and overall health, get a follow-up visit scheduled, as well as other care transition interventions.            

UT Medical Center’s Advanced Comprehensive Stroke Center received the Get With The Guidelines®-Stroke Gold Plus Quality Achievement Award and the Get With The Guidelines - Target: Stroke Honor Roll Elite Plus. These awards recognize the hospital’s commitment to providing the most appropriate stroke treatment according to nationally recognized, research-based guidelines based on the latest scientific evidence.

“A stroke patient loses 1.9 million brain cells each minute treatment is delayed. Achievement of Target Stroke Honor Roll Elite Plus recognition demonstrates our commitment to ensuring patients receive rapid care based on the most recent published clinical guidelines,” said Brian Wiseman, MD, medical director for the UT Medical Center Comprehensive Stroke Center. “UT Medical Center is dedicated to improving the quality of stroke care and the American Heart Association/American Stroke Association’s Get with the Guidelines Stroke helps us achieve that goal.” 

The stroke team has achieved an annual GWTG quality award since 2008.  To qualify for the Gold Plus level award, stroke centers must provide comprehensive, evidence-based care from admission through discharge, demonstrating adherence to thirteen achievement indicators and quality measures.  The medical center’s team earned Gold Plus level recognition initially in 2011 and has maintained the highest level of award annually since.

Get With The Guidelines® puts the expertise of the American Heart Association and American Stroke Association to work for hospitals nationwide, helping hospital care teams ensure the care provided to patients is aligned with the latest research-based guidelines. Developed with the goal to save lives, decrease disability, and improve recovery time, Get With The Guidelines® has impacted millions patients since 2003.