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ECMC earns American Heart Associationís Get With The Guidelines Gold Quality Achievement Award

BUFFALO, NEW YORK; June 6, 2011-Erie County Medical (ECMC) Corporation has received the Get With The Guidelines®-Heart Failure Gold Quality Achievement Award from the American Heart Association.  The recognition signifies that ECMC has reached an aggressive goal of treating heart failure patients with 85 percent compliance for at least 24 months to core standard levels of care as outlined by the American Heart Association/American College of Cardiology secondary prevention guidelines for heart failure 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 heart failure patients to prevent future hospitalizations. 

Under Get With The Guidelines-Heart Failure, heart failure patients are started on aggressive risk reduction therapies such as cholesterol-lowering drugs, beta-blockers, ACE inhibitors, aspirin, diuretics and anticoagulants while in the hospital.  They also receive alcohol/drug use and thyroid management counseling as well as referrals for cardiac rehabilitation before being discharged. 

"The full implementation of national heart failure guideline recommended care is a critical step in preventing recurrent hospitalizations and prolonging the lives of heart failure patients," said Lee H. Schwamm, M.D., 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 goal of the American Heart Association's Get With The Guidelines program is to help hospitals like ECMC implement appropriate evidence-based care and protocols that will reduce disability and the number of deaths in these patients.  Published scientific studies are providing us with more and more evidence that Get With The Guidelines works.  Patients are getting the right care they need when they need it.  That's resulting in improved survival." 

"ECMC is committed to making our care for heart failure patients among the best in the country.  Evidence of this commitment is our improvement from what was already a very good evaluation last year with a Silver Award, to an excellent evaluation this year with a Gold Award.  We will continue to build off of these successes with further implementation of the American Heart Association's Get With The Guidelines-Heart Failure program, which enables our professionals to continue to improve the long-term outcome for these patients," said Jody L. Lomeo, CEO, ECMC Corporation. 

Get With The Guidelines-Heart Failure helps ECMC's staff develop and implement acute and secondary prevention guideline processes.  The program includes quality-improvement measures such as care maps, discharge protocols, standing orders and measurement tools.  This quick and efficient use of guideline tools will enable ECMC to improve the quality of care it provides heart failure patients, save lives and ultimately, reduce healthcare costs by lowering the recurrence of heart attacks.  

According to the American Heart Association, about 5.7 million people suffer from heart failure.  Statistics also show that, each year, 670,000 new cases are diagnosed and more than 277,000 people will die of heart failure. 

ABOUT ERIE COUNTY MEDICAL CENTER: The ECMC Corporation includes an advanced academic medical center (ECMC) with 550 inpatient beds and 136 skilled-nursing-home beds, on- and off-campus health centers, more than 30 outpatient specialty care clinics and a long-term care facility.  ECMC is the regional center for trauma, burn care, and rehabilitation and is a major teaching facility for the University at Buffalo.  Most ECMC physicians, dentists and pharmacists are dedicated faculty members of the university.  More Western New York residents are choosing ECMC for exceptional patient care and customer service-the difference between healthcare and true care. 

ABOUT GET WITH THE GUIDELINES: 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, visit heart.org/quality

NEWS CONTACT: Joe Cirillo: 716-898-4300 -or- jcirillo@ecmc.edu

6/7/2011

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