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Prince William Medical Center and Haymarket Medical Center have been recognized by the American Heart Association and American Stroke Association with multiple Get With The Guidelines® Achievement Awards. This brings national recognition to Novant Health UVA Health System medical centers for improving patient care and outcomes for heart failure and stroke patients.
Novant Health UVA Health System Haymarket Medical Center and Novant Health UVA Health System Prince William Medical Center both received Gold Plus Quality Recognition in the Get With The Guidelines-Heart Failure® program. The award recognizes the hospitals’ commitment to ensuring heart failure patients receive the most appropriate treatment according to nationally recognized, research-based guidelines founded on the latest scientific evidence. The goal is speeding recovery and reducing hospital readmissions.
To earn the award, Prince William Medical Center and Haymarket Medical Center met specific quality achievement measures for the diagnosis and treatment of heart failure patients at a set level for a designated period. These measures include evaluation of the proper use of medications and aggressive risk-reduction therapies. Before discharge, patients also receive education on managing their overall health, get a follow-up visit scheduled, as well as other care transition interventions.
Prince William Medical Center
Prince William Medical Center is also recognized on the American Heart Association’s Target: Heart FailureSM Honor Roll, a select group of hospitals that have met specific criteria that improves medication adherence, provides easy follow-up care and coordination and enhances patient education.
In addition, Prince William Medical Center received the American Heart Association/American Stroke Association’s Get With The Guidelines Target-Stroke® Honor Roll Gold Plus Quality Achievement Award. To earn this award, the hospital successfully demonstrated its commitment to provide stroke patients with appropriate treatment aligned with nationally recognized, research-based guidelines founded on current scientific evidence. Specifically, Prince William Medical Center met quality measures developed to reduce the time between the patient’s arrival at the hospital and treatment with tissue plasminogen activator (tPA), the only clot-buster drug approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration to treat ischemic stroke.
Improving the Quality of Care
“Novant Health UVA Health System is dedicated to improving the quality of care and bringing the best of health to our patients with the convenience of being treated in their own community hospital,” said Stephen Smith, M.D., President and COO of Prince William Medical Center and Haymarket Medical Center. “We are honored to receive these accolades from the American Heart Association and American Stroke Association. Tools and resources provided by the Get With The Guidelines programs help us track and measure our success in meeting evidenced-based clinical guidelines developed to improve patient outcomes.”
According to the American Heart Association/American Stroke Association, more than 6.5 million adults in the United States are living with heart failure. Many heart failure patients can lead a full, enjoyable life when their condition is managed with proper medications or devices and with healthy lifestyle changes. Stroke is the numbers five cause of death and a leading cause of adult disability in the United States. On average, someone in the U.S. suffers a stroke every 40 seconds and nearly 795,000 people suffer a new or recurrent stroke each year.