RWJ Hamilton’s Heart Failure Program Receives Gold Plus Quality Achievement Award
Robert Wood Johnson University Hospital Hamilton (RWJ Hamilton) recently received the American Heart Association/American Stroke Association’s “Get With The Guidelines®–Heart Failure Gold Plus Quality Achievement Award.”
|The American Heart Association's
Melissa Kidd, presents the Heart
Failure Gold Plus Quality Achievement
Award to RWJ Hamilton's president
and CEO Skip Cimino.
This marks the third consecutive year RWJ Hamilton has been recognized with a quality achievement award. The Gold Plus Award is the highest level of recognition within the Get With The Guidelines program and acknowledges RWJ Hamilton for consistent compliance with nationally accepted standards of care for treating heart failure patients.
To receive the award, RWJ Hamilton exceeded scores of 85 percent or higher in adherence to all Get With The Guidelines-Heart Failure Quality Achievement indicators for two or more consecutive 12-month intervals, and exceeded 75 percent or higher compliance with five or more Get With The Guidelines-Heart Failure Quality Measures, which are reporting initiatives to measure quality of care and outcomes.
The term "heart failure" does not mean the heart has "failed" or stopped working. It means the heart does not pump as well as it should. Heart failure is a major health problem in the United States, affecting about 5.7 million Americans. About 670,000 new cases of heart failure occur each year. It is the leading cause of hospitalization in people older than 65.
At RWJ Hamilton, heart failure patients are started on aggressive risk-reduction therapies if needed. Before being discharged from the hospital, patients receive education on managing their heart failure and overall health, including lifestyle modifications and follow-up care. RWJ Hamilton’s Transition Coaches then work with patients to ensure they receive the proper education and support after being discharged from the hospital. Transition coaches make home visits and follow-up phone calls to help patients in self-managing their care. The quick and efficient use of Get With The Guidelines-Heart Failure principles combined with follow-up care can improve quality of life for heart failure patients, save lives and ultimately reduce the recurrence of heart attacks.