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HMHP and St. E’s Earns American Heart Association’s ‘Get With the Guidelines’ Gold Plus Award

YOUNGSTOWN, Ohio (PRWEB) February 04, 2013

St. Elizabeth Health Center has received the Get With the Guidelines® – Heart Failure Gold Quality Achievement Award from the American Heart Association.

This award recognizes St. Elizabeth for achieving an exceptional goal of treating heart failure patients according to the guidelines of care recommended by the American Heart Association/American College of Cardiology.

The recognition marks the second year in a row that St. Elizabeth Health Center has been recognized with a Get With the Guidelines® gold quality achievement award.

Get With the Guidelines® – Heart Failure helps the staff of St. Elizabeth to develop and implement acute and secondary prevention guidelines to improve patient care and outcomes. The program provides hospitals with a web-based patient management tool, best practice discharge protocols and standing orders, along with a robust registry and real-time benchmarking capabilities to track performance.

The quick and efficient use of guideline procedures can improve the quality of care for heart failure patients, save lives and ultimately, reduce healthcare costs by lowering the recurrence of heart attacks.

“St.Elizabeth Health Center is dedicated to making our care for heart failure patients among the best in the country. The American Heart Association’s Get With the Guidelines® – Heart Failure program helps us to accomplish this goal,” observes Mariann Pacak, director of heart and vascular services at St. Elizabeth Health Center. “This recognition demonstrates that we are on the right track and we’re very proud of our team.”

“Recent studies show that patients treated in hospitals participating in the American Heart Association’s Get With the Guidelines® – Heart Failure program receive a higher quality of care and may experience better outcomes,” says Lee H. Schwamm, M.D., chairman of the Get With the Guidelines national steering committee and director of the TeleStroke and Acute Stroke Services at Massachusetts General Hospital in Boston. “St. Elizabeth Health Center’s team is to be commended for its commitment to improving the care of patients.”

Following the Get With the Guidelines® – Heart Failure guidelines, heart failure patients are started on aggressive risk-reduction therapies if needed, including cholesterol-lowering drugs, beta-blockers, ACE inhibitors, aspirin, diuretics and anticoagulants while in the hospital. Before discharge, they also receive education on managing their heart failure and overall health, including lifestyle modifications and follow-up care. Hospitals must adhere to these measures at a set level for a designated period to be eligible for the achievement awards.

According to the American Heart Association, about 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 die. Even so, many heart failure patients lead full, enjoyable lives. Heart failure can often be managed with medication, medical devices and healthy lifestyles.

About Humility of Mary Health Partners:
Humility of Mary Health Partners is an integrated health system located in the Youngstown/Warren area. It is a region of Catholic Health Partners (CHP) in Cincinnati, the largest health system in Ohio and one of the largest Catholic health systems in the United States. HMHP provides a full spectrum of health care services, including inpatient, outpatient, emergency, urgent care, home care and long-term care. Members are St. Elizabeth Health Center, St. Joseph Health Center, St. Elizabeth Boardman Health Center, HM Home Health Services, The Assumption Village, Humility House, Hospice of the Valley and Laurel Lake. Learn more about HMHP online at

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 health care teams to save lives and reduce health care costs by helping hospitals follow evidence-based guidelines and recommendations. For more information, visit


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