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Memorial Hospital Receives American Heart Association Award - 3/28/05

In conjunction with Memorial Hospital’s second consecutive designation as one of the nation’s top 100 hospitals for cardiovascular care, Memorial’s heart center recently received the American Heart Association’s Get With The Guidelines–Coronary Artery Disease (GWTG-CAD) Three-month Performance Achievement Award. This award recognizes Memorial’s commitment and success for three consecutive quarters in implementing a higher standard of cardiac care that effectively improves treatment of patients hospitalized with coronary artery disease.

Under the GWTG–CAD program, patients are started on aggressive risk reduction therapies such as cholesterol-lowering drugs, aspirin, ACE inhibitors and beta-blockers in the hospital and receive smoking cessation and weight management counseling and referrals for cardiac rehabilitation before they are discharged. Hospitals that receive the award have demonstrated that during one quarter at least 85 percent of its eligible coronary patients (without contraindications) are discharged following the American Heart Association’s recommended treatments.

“The American Heart Association applauds Memorial Hospital for its success in implementing the appropriate standards of care and protocols to reduce the number of recurrent events in coronary patients,” said Gray Ellrodt, M.D., the American Heart Association volunteer chairman for the national Get With The Guidelines. “Memorial is well above the national average in terms of implementing these life-saving treatments.”

Projections have shown that implementation of cardiovascular disease secondary prevention guidelines nationwide, as promoted in the GWTG–CAD program, could result in saving more than 80,000 lives each year.

“As a nationally recognized heart hospital, Memorial is dedicated to keeping our cardiac unit among the best in the country, and the American Heart Association’s Get With The Guidelines program is helping us accomplish that by making it easier for our professionals to improve the long-term outcomes of our cardiac patients,” says Donna Lastra, associate administrator of cardiovascular services. “We are pleased to be recognized for our dedication and achievements in cardiac care.”