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Nanticoke Memorial Hospital earns American Heart Association award

Delaware News Desk
Nanticoke Memorial Hospital received the American Heart Association’s Get With The Guidelines-Heart Failure Gold Plus with Honor Roll Quality Achievement Award.

Nanticoke Memorial Hospital received the American Heart Association’s Get With The Guidelines-Heart Failure Gold Plus with Honor Roll Quality Achievement Award. 

The award recognizes the hospital’s commitment to ensuring heart failure patients receive the most appropriate treatment according to nationally recognized, research-based guidelines founded in the latest scientific evidence. The goal is speeding recovery and reducing hospital readmissions for heart failure patients.

Nanticoke earned the award by meeting 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 should also receive education on managing their heart failure and overall health, get a follow-up visit scheduled, as well as other care transition interventions.

 “Nanticoke is dedicated to improving the quality of care for our patients with heart failure by implementing the American Heart Association’s Get With The Guidelines-Heart Failure initiative,” said Nanticoke Memorial Hospital President Penny Short. 

Nanticoke is also recognized on the association’s Target: Heart Failure Honor Roll. Hospitals are required to meet specific criteria that improves medication adherence, provides early follow-up care and coordination and enhances patient education. The goal is to reduce hospital readmissions and help patients improve their quality of life in managing this chronic condition.

“We are pleased to recognize Nanticoke Memorial Hospital for their commitment to heart failure care,” said Lee H. Schwamm, national chairperson of the Quality Oversight Committee and executive vice chair of neurology, director of acute stroke services, Massachusetts General Hospital, Boston, Massachusetts. “Research has shown that hospitals adhering to clinical measures through the Get With The Guidelines quality improvement initiative can often see fewer readmissions and lower mortality rates.”

According to the American Heart Association, more than 6.5 million adults in the U.S. 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.

For more on the American Heart Association’s Get With the Guidelines, visit heart.org.

For more on Nanticoke Memorial Hospital, visit nanticoke.org.