Award demonstrates Menorah's commitment to quality care for heart failure patients.
Overland Park, KS – According to the American Heart Association, nearly 5.7 million people suffer from heart failure. Statistics also show that, each year, 670,000 new cases are diagnosed and more than 277,000 people will die of heart failure. Menorah Medical Center, part of HCA Midwest Health System-Kansas City's largest healthcare network-has received the Get With The Guidelines(r)-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 Quality Achievement indicators for two or more consecutive 12-month intervals and have achieved 75 percent or higher compliance with four of nine 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.
Under Get With The Guidelines-Heart Failure, 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.
"Menorah Medical Center's team is to be commended for this commitment to improving the quality of care for their patients," says Lee H. Schwamm, MD, chair of the Get With The Guidelines National Steering Committee and director of the TeleStroke and Acute Stroke Services at Massachusetts General Hospital in Boston. "The goal of the American Heart Association's Get With The Guidelines program is to help healthcare providers implement appropriate evidence-based care and protocols that will reduce disability and death and improve the quality of life for patients. Published scientific studies are providing us with more and more evidence that Get With The Guidelines works. Patients are getting the right care they need when they need it. That's resulting in improved survival."
"Menorah Medical Center is dedicated to being among the top hospitals nationwide in the care of heart failure patients and 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," says Steven D. Wilkinson, President and Chief Executive Officer, FACHE.
Get With The Guidelines-Heart Failure helps Menorah Medical Center'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 Menorah Medical Center to improve the quality of care it provides heart failure patients, save lives and ultimately, reduce healthcare costs by avoiding re-hospitalization.
About Menorah Medical Center
Menorah Medical Center is a full-service, acute-care hospital located on the corner of 119th and Nall in Overland Park. The hospital serves the community's healthcare needs by providing compassionate care and some of the most advanced treatment options available in the Kansas City area. Menorah has a medical staff with more than 600 physicians covering the spectrum of specialties and offers exceptional experiences and extraordinary medicine for adults, newborns, children and teens. The Menorah culture of excellence fuels a commitment to meet and exceed the highest medical standards and to continually search for new and better ways to care for patients. The Commission on Cancer accredits Midwest Cancer Care at Menorah Medical Center as a Comprehensive Community Cancer Program. Menorah was also awarded the Outstanding Achievement Award, one of only 82 programs nationwide to receive this recognition, and the only hospital or cancer program in the state of Kansas. For more information, visit menorahmedicalcenter.com.
About HCA Midwest Health System
HCA Midwest Health System is the Kansas City area's largest healthcare network, consisting of 10 hospitals, outpatient centers, clinics, physician practices, surgery centers and an array of other services to meet the healthcare needs of the greater Kansas City area. It is also the area's largest private sector employer with more than 8,400 employees. HCA Midwest facilities serving the Kansas City area include Research Medical Center, Research Psychiatric Center, Centerpoint Medical Center, Overland Park Regional Medical Center, Menorah Medical Center, Lee's Summit Medical Center, Belton Regional Medical Center, Lafayette Regional Health Center, Allen County Hospital and Cass Regional Medical Center. Midwest Physicians, which is part of HCA Midwest, is a network of experienced, multi-specialty physicians located throughout the Greater Kansas City metropolitan area. Midwest Physicians currently represents 282 physicians, including 108 primary care providers and 175 specialists with 78 physician practices providing care in 133 locations to serve the community. The physicians, licensed professionals and support staff who comprise the HCA Midwest team are dedicated to improving healthcare in the Greater Kansas City and outlying areas by focusing on five guiding principles: Quality, Service, People, Growth and Value. For more information on HCA Midwest Health System, visit hcamidwest.com.
About Get With The Guidelines
Get With The Guidelines(r) 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.