Contact: Denise Bouillerce
Pleasanton, CA — ValleyCare Health System has received the 2013 Get With The Guidelines®-Heart Failure Gold Plus Quality Achievement Award from the American Heart Association for its excellence in the treatment of patients with heart failure.
This award is given only to hospitals that achieve 85 percent or higher adherence to all Get With The Guidelines-Heart Failure Achievement indicators for two or more consecutive 12-month intervals and have achieved 75 percent or higher compliance with five or more Get With The Guidelines-Heart Failure Quality Measures to improve quality of patient care and outcomes.
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 improve outcomes, prevent future hospitalizations and prolong life.
"ValleyCare is dedicated to being among the top hospitals nationwide in the care of heart failure patients,” says ValleyCare Chief Operating Officer Cindy Noonan. “Implementing the American Heart Association’s Get With The Guidelines–Heart Failure program is helping us accomplish this goal by making it easier for our professionals to improve the long-term outcome for our patients,”
Get With The Guidelines– Heart Failure helps ValleyCare’s staff develop and implement acute and secondary prevention guideline processes. The program provides hospitals with a web-based patient management tool, decision support, robust registry, real-time benchmarking capabilities and other performance improvement methodologies toward the goal of enhancing patient outcomes and saving lives.
This high-tech, evidence-based approach enables ValleyCare Health System to improve the quality of care it provides heart failure patients, save lives and ultimately, reduce healthcare costs by avoiding re-hospitalization.
According to the American Heart Association, about 5.7 million people in the U.S. suffer from heart failure. Statistics also show that 550,000 new cases are diagnosed and heart failure contributes to more than 280,000 deaths each year.
About ValleyCare Health System
ValleyCare Health System is an intricate part of the Tri-Valley and surrounding communities, and has provided state-of-the–art, top quality health care to local families since 1961. As a not-for-profit health system, with facilities in Dublin, Livermore and Pleasanton, ValleyCare Health System reinvests any profit it makes into the organization for new technology, facilities and services. Being locally owned, no profits or dividends go to a parent company outside of the area and it is not supported by taxes. ValleyCare has 242 beds and a medical staff of over 350, offering a wide array of inpatient and outpatient services, visit www.valleycare.com.
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.