Angelenos are indeed fortunate to have access to Ronald Reagan UCLA Medical Center. The facility provides state-of-the-art care for the entire spectrum of medical disorders, including heart failure treatment. On October 22, the medical center announced that it was the recipient of the Get With The Guidelines®–Heart Failure Gold Quality Achievement Award from the American Heart Association. The recognition denotes that the facility has achieved an exceptional goal of treating heart failure patients according to guidelines of care recommended by the American Heart Association/American College of Cardiology.
“We are dedicated to making our care for heart failure patients among the best in the country. This recognition demonstrates that we are on the right track and we’re very proud of our team,” explained Dr. Gregg Fonarow, UCLA’s Eliot Corday Professor of Cardiovascular Medicine and Sciences, co-chief of clinical cardiology and director of the Ahmanson-UCLA Cardiomyopathy Center. “Recent studies show that patients treated in hospitals participating in the American Heart Association’s Get With The Guidelines-Heart Failure program receive a higher quality of care and may experience better outcomes,” added Dr. Lee H. Schwamm, chair of the Get With The Guidelines National Steering Committee and director of the TeleStroke and Acute Stroke Services at Massachusetts General Hospital in Boston, Mass.
The Get With The Guidelines-Heart Failure program provides hospitals with a Web-based patient management methodology, best practice discharge protocols, and standing orders, together with a thorough patient registry and real-time benchmarking capabilities to track performance. Using the program, UCLA doctors developed and implemented prevention guideline processes to improve patient care and outcomes. Following hospital admission, the patient is subjected to the thorough guidelines mandated by the program. If needed, aggressive risk-reduction therapies are initiated; they include cholesterol-lowering drugs, beta-blockers, ACE inhibitors, aspirin, diuretics, and anticoagulants while in the hospital. Before discharge, the patients also receive instruction regarding management of heart failure as well as their overall health; these instructions include lifestyle modifications and follow-up care. To be eligible for the achievement awards, hospitals must adhere to these measures at a set level for a designated period of time.
Get With The Guidelines® is the American Heart Association/American Stroke Association’s hospital-based quality improvement program that empowers healthcare teams to save lives and reduce healthcare costs by helping hospitals follow evidence-based guidelines and recommendations. For more information, click on this link