UT Medical Center Awarded Four Recognition's from The American Heart and Stroke Associations

Today Michelle Grauzer with the American Heart Association and the American Stroke Association awarded four recognition's for the Get With The Guidelines® quality improvement programs to representatives from UT Medical Center’s Heart Lung Vascular Institute and the Brain and Spine Institute.

The recognition's were for the following:
  • Get With The Guidelines®–Heart Failure Gold-Plus Award
  • Mission: Lifeline® - Bronze Receiving Award
  • Get With The Guidelines®–Stroke Gold Plus Award
  • Get With The Guidelines®–Target Stroke Honor Roll Elite Plus.

Get With The Guidelines–Heart Failure® is a quality improvement program that helps hospital teams provide the most up-to-date, research-based guidelines with the goal of speeding recovery and reducing hospital readmission's for heart failure patients. Launched in 2005, numerous published studies have demonstrated the program’s success in achieving patient outcome improvements, including reductions in 30-day readmission's. This marks the fifth year that UT Medical Center has been recognized with a quality achievement award.

“I believe UT Medical Center’s gold award for heart failure treatment demonstrates to our community that our facility and team provide the highest level of care for patients faced with this serious condition,” said Dr. John W. Mack, medical advisor for the Heart Lung Vascular Institute and a cardiothoracic surgeon at UT Medical Center. “We’re very appreciative of the tireless efforts of our team members for creating the optimal care environment for our patients. 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 medical center 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.  These would include 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, schedule a follow-up visit, as well as other care transition interventions.

Likewise, UT Medical Center’s Heart Lung Vascular Institute received the Mission: Lifeline® Bronze Receiving Award Recognition that acknowledges STEMI Systems, EMS, Referring Centers (Non-PCI/STEMI) and Receiving Centers (Non-PCI/STEMI) for their efforts to improve quality of care for STEMI patients.

Additionally, UT Medical Center received the Get With The Guidelines®–Stroke Gold Plus Award and the Get With The Guidelines®–Target: Stroke Honor Roll-Elite Plus Quality Achievement Award. These awards recognize the hospital’s commitment and success ensuring that stroke patients receive the most appropriate treatment according to nationally recognized, research-based guidelines based on the latest scientific evidence. The stroke team has achieved Gold Plus recognition annually since 2011. This is the medical center’s third year to be recognized on the stroke honor roll and first year to be recognized as an elite-plus recipient in the first year this award has been offered.

“With a stroke, time lost is brain lost, and these awards demonstrate our commitment to ensuring patients receive rapid care based on the most recent published clinical guidelines,” said Ann Giffin, vice president of the Brain and Spine Institute. “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.”

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 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 5 million patients since 2001. For more information, visit heart.org/quality or heart.org/QualityMap.