UT Medical Center earns three American Heart Association awards for quality of patient care

A representative of the American Heart Association presented three awards to leaders at The University of Tennessee Medical Center for excellence in the treatment of cardiovascular and stroke patients.

The awards include the following:
  • Get With The Guidelines: Stroke Gold Plus
  • Get With The Guidelines: Target Stroke Honor Roll
  • Get With The Guideline: Heart Failure Gold Plus

The recognition signifies that UT Medical Center has met the stringent criterion outlined by the AHA and American College of Cardiology. Director of Quality and Systems Improvement for the American Heart Association/American Stroke Association, Michelle Stoneham, presented the awards at a special ceremony at the medical center.

“UT Medical Center’s Stroke Center has received the Get with The Guidelines Gold Plus Achievement award for the fourth year in a row,” said Ann Giffin, vice president of the Brain and Spine Institute. “UT Medical Center is thoroughly committed to providing our patients with the highest quality stroke care based on current scientific research to ensure continuous improvement in care.”

“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 Jeanne Wohlford, vice president of the Heart Lung Vascular Institute. “We’re very appreciative of the tireless efforts of our team members for creating the optimal care environment for our patients.”

Get With The Guidelines is a quality improvement initiative that provides hospital staff with tools that follow proven evidence-based guidelines and procedures in caring for patients. The goal of the American Heart Association’s Get With The Guidelines program is to help healthcare providers implement appropriate evidence-based care and protocols that will reduce disability and death and improve the quality of life for patients.