News from Catholic Health Services
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:
Contact: Colleen Valdini
Public & External Affairs Manager
VP, Public & External Affairs
Phone: (631) 376-4104
Date: April 26, 2010
West Islip, NY — Good Samaritan Hospital Medical Center has received the Get With the GuidelinesSM (GWTG)–Heart Failure Bronze Performance Achievement Award from the American Heart Association. The recognition signifies that Good Samaritan has reached an aggressive goal of treating heart failure patients for at least 90 days with 85% compliance to core-standard levels of care outlined by the American Heart Association/American College of Cardiology secondary prevention guidelines for heart failure patients.
GWTG 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. According to GWTG–Heart Failure treatment guidelines, heart failure patients are started on aggressive risk-reduction therapies such as cholesterol-lowering drugs, beta blockers, ACE inhibitors, aspirin, diuretics and anticoagulants 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 guidelines recommended care is a critical step in preventing recurrent hospitalizations and prolonging the lives of heart failure patients,” said Gregg C. Fonarow, MD, national chairman of the Get With the Guidelines SM Steering Committee and director of Ahmanson-UCLA Cardiomyopathy Center. “The goal of the American Heart Association’s Get With the Guidelines SM program is to help hospitals like Good Samaritan implement appropriate evidence-based care and protocols that will reduce disability and the number of deaths in these patients.”
According to the American Heart Association, about 5.7 million people suffer from heart failure. Statistics also show that each year more than 292,200 people will die as a result of heart failure.
“Good Samaritan Hospital Medical Center is dedicated to making care for heart failure patients among the best in the country, and implementing the American Heart Association’s Get With the Guidelines SM –Heart Failure program will help accomplish this by making it easier for professionals to improve the long-term outcome for these patients,” said Good Samaritan’s Vice President of Care and Quality Management Susan Dries, RN.
GWTG–Heart Failure helps the hospital’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. The quick and efficient use of guideline tools will enable Good Samaritan to improve the quality of care it provides to heart failure patients, save lives and, ultimately, reduce health care costs by lowering the recurrence of heart attacks.
Good Samaritan Hospital Medical Center is a 537-bed (including 100 nursing home beds), voluntary, not-for-profit hospital located in West Islip. The Medical Center, which has 4,400 employees and more than 800 physicians on staff, had 29,000 patient admissions and more than 100,000 emergency room visits in 2009. Good Samaritan is a member of Catholic Health Services of Long Island. Visit our website at www.good-samaritan-hospital.org.
Good Samaritan provides approximately $49 million in community service and charity care each year. The Medical Center supplies residents with the tools necessary to maintain good health. This includes community lectures, screenings, health fairs and other community programs and services.