North Shore Medical Center announced it has received the Get With The Guidelines - Coronary Artery Disease (GWTG-CAD) Initial AChievement Award from the American Heart Association. The recognition signifies that North Shore Medical Center is participating in the American Heart Association Get With The Guidelines program to improve patient outcomes and save lives by promoting evidence-based treatments for coronary artery disease (CAD), heart failure and stroke.
North Shore Medical Center is among 277 hospitals nationwide recognized by the American Heart Association/American Stroke Association in the July 23, 2007 issue of U.S. News & World Report for their achievements in the Get With The Guidelines (GWTG) program to improve patient outcomes and save lives. Earning a place on the list is a huge achievement and demonstrates the great work being done at these facilities.
"North Shore Medical Center is dedicated to making our care for patients with coronary artery disease among some of the best in the country, and implementing the American Heart Association's Get With The Guidelines - CAD program will help us reduce the number of recurrent events and death in CAD patients," said Chief Executive Officer, Manny Linares.
According to the American Heart Association, more than 450,000 people suffer recurrent heart attacks each year. Statistics show that within six years after a heart attack, about 22% of men and 46% of women will be disabled with heart failure. Within one year of attack, 25% of men and 38% of women will die. Research indicates that when patients are discharged from the hospital on appropriate medications such as aspirin, beta-blockers, ACE inhibitors and lipid-lowering medicines, a patient's risk of a second event is reduced and lives are saved.
Get With The Guidelines is designed to help North Shore MedicalCenter's staff develop and implement a secondary prevention guideline process. The program includes quality improvement measures such as care maps, discharge protocols, standing orders and measurement tools. Designed to be quick and efficient, these guideline tools will enable North Shore Medical Center to improve the quality of care it provides cardiac patients, save lives and ultimately, reduce healthcare costs by lowering the recurrence of heart attacks. Projections have shown that if the Get With The Guidelines-CAD program were implemented nationwide, more than 80,000 lives could be saved each year.