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ECMC receives Get With The Guidelines-Heart Failure Gold Quality Achievement Award


American Heart Association Award recognizes ECMC’s commitment to quality heart failure care

Erie County Medical Center (ECMC) Corporation has received the American Heart Association’s Get With The Guidelines®-Heart Failure Gold Quality Achievement Award.  The award recognizes the hospital’s commitment to ensuring heart failure patients receive the most appropriate treatment according to nationally recognized, research-based guidelines founded in the latest scientific evidence.  The goal is speeding recovery and reducing hospital readmissions for heart failure patients.


ECMC earned the award by meeting specific quality achievement measures for the diagnosis and treatment of heart failure patients at a set level for a designated period.  These measures include evaluation of the proper use of medications and aggressive risk-reduction therapies.  Before discharge, patients should also receive education on managing their heart failure and overall health, get a follow-up visit scheduled, as well as other care transition interventions.


ECMC Corporation Chief Medical Officer Brian M. Murray, MD, said, “ECMC is dedicated to improving the quality of care for our patients with heart failure by implementing the American Heart Association’s Get With The Guidelines-Heart Failure initiative.  The tools and resources provided help us track and measure our success.  I commend our clinicians for their expertise and collaboration with their colleagues from the Gates Vascular Institute to consistently meet these high standards.  As a result, we continue to effectively address the health of our cardiac patients.


ECMC is also recognized on the association’s Target: Heart FailureSM Honor Roll.  Hospitals are required to meet specific criteria that improves medication adherence, provides early follow-up care and coordination and enhances patient education.  The goal is to reduce hospital readmissions and help patients improve their quality of life in managing this chronic condition.

Eric E. Smith, M.D., national chairman of the Get With The Guidelines Steering Committee and an associate professor of neurology at the University of Calgary in Alberta, Canada, said, “We are pleased to recognize Erie County Medical Center Corporation for their commitment to heart failure care.  Research has shown that hospitals adhering to clinical measures through the Get With The Guidelines quality improvement initiative can often see fewer readmissions and lower mortality rates.”

According to the American Heart Association, more than 6.5 million adults in the United States are living with heart failure.  Many heart failure patients can lead a full, enjoyable life when their condition is managed with proper medications or devices and with healthy lifestyle changes.

ABOUT GET WITH THE GUIDELINES®: Get With The Guidelines® is the American Heart Association/American Stroke Association’s hospital-based quality improvement program that provides hospitals with the latest research-based guidelines. Developed with the goal of saving lives and hastening recovery, Get With The Guidelines has touched the lives of more than 6 million patients since 2001. For more information, visit

ABOUT ERIE COUNTY MEDICAL CENTER (ECMC) CORPORATION:  The ECMC Corporation was established as a  New York State Public Benefit Corporation and since 2004 has  included an advanced academic medical center with 593 inpatient beds, on- and off-campus health centers, more than 30 outpatient specialty care services and Terrace View, a 390-bed long-term care facility.  ECMC is Western New York’s only Level 1 Adult Trauma Center, as well as a regional center for burn care, behavioral health services, transplantation, medical oncology and head & neck cancer care, rehabilitation and a major teaching facility for the University at Buffalo.  Most ECMC physicians, dentists and pharmacists are dedicated faculty members of the university and/or members of a private practice plan.  More Western New York residents are choosing ECMC for exceptional patient care and patient experiences—the difference between healthcare and true care™.

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