JFK Memorial Hospital Receives Get With The Guidelines-Heart Failure Gold Plus Quality Achievement AwardAug 24, 2018
American Heart Association Award recognizes JFK Memorial Hospital’s commitment to quality heart failure careINDIO, CALIF, AUGUST 24, 2018 ― JFK Memorial Hospital has received the American Heart Association’s Get With The Guidelines-Heart Failure Gold Plus 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.
Left to Right: Kate Laferriere, Chest Pain & Stroke Coordinator/Heart Failure Nurse; Gary Honts, CEO; Jennifer Garrow, Regional Director, American Heart Association; and Pastor Gerald Sharon, Chair, JFK Memorial Hospital Governing Board
JFK Memorial Hospital 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.
“JFK Memorial Hospital 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-HF initiative,” said CEO Gary Honts. “The tools and resources provided help us track and measure our success in meeting evidenced-based clinical guidelines developed to improve patient outcomes.”
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.