Research Medical Center
November 12, 2014

Willie E. Lawrence, M.D., F.A.C.C., F.A.C.P., Chief of Cardiology

Research Medical Center—part of HCA Midwest Health, Kansas City’s largest healthcare provider—received the Get With The Guidelines®–Heart Failure Gold-Plus Quality Achievement Award for implementing specific quality improvement measures outlined by the American Heart Association/American College of Cardiology Foundation secondary prevention guidelines for heart failure patients.

This marks the ninth year that Research Medical Center has been recognized with a quality achievement award.

Get With The Guidelines–Heart Failure is a quality improvement program that helps hospital teams

provide the most up-to-date, research-based guidelines with the goal of speeding recovery and reducing hospital readmissions for heart failure patients.

Research Medical Center 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 proper use of medications and aggressive risk-reduction therapies such as cholesterol-lowering drugs, beta-blockers, ACE inhibitors, aspirin, diuretics and anticoagulants while patients are in the hospital. Before patients are discharged, they also receive education on managing their heart failure and overall health, as well as referrals for cardiac rehabilitation.

Research Medical Center also received the association’s Target: Heart Failure Honor Roll. Target: Heart Failure is an initiative that provides hospitals with educational tools, prevention programs and treatment guidelines developed to reduce the risk of heart failure patients needing to be readmitted to the hospital. Target hospitals a meet 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.

According to the American Heart Association, about 5.1 million people suffer from heart failure.  Each year, 670,000 new cases are diagnosed and more than 275,000 people will die of heart failure. However, many heart failure patients can lead a full life when their condition is managed with proper medications and devices and with healthy lifestyle changes.

“Research Medical Center is dedicated to enhancing care for our heart failure patients, and adhering to the American Heart Association’s Get With The Guidelines–Heart Failure program gives us one more tool to accomplish this by tracking and measuring our success in meeting internationally-respected guidelines,” says Jackie DeSouza, Chief Executive Officer, Research Medical Center.

“Our physicians and cardiovascular care teams earned this recognition because of the caliber of care they deliver at Research Medical Center’s Heart Failure program,” says Willie E. Lawrence, M.D., F.A.C.C., F.A.C.P., Chief of Cardiology, Research Medical Center. “This honor demonstrates our commitment to quality care which is vitally important to all of us.”

“We are pleased to recognize Research Medical Center for their commitment to heart failure care,” says Deepak L. Bhatt, M.D., M.P.H., national chairman of the Get With The Guidelines steering committee and Executive Director of Interventional Cardiovascular Programs at Brigham and Women's Hospital and Professor of Medicine at Harvard Medical School. “Studies have shown that hospitals that consistently follow Get With The Guidelines quality improvement measures can reduce patients’ length of stays and 30-day readmission rates and also reduce disparity gaps in care.” 

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