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NJHA Marks National Heart Failure Week
Date:2/10/2009

gether to share and apply best practices to reduce health disparities in cardiac care. The participating hospitals are Atlanticare Regional Medical Center, Christ Hospital, Cooper Health System, East Orange Hospital, Newark Beth Israel Medical Center, Palisades Medical Center, St. Joseph's Hospital and Medical Center, South Jersey Regional Medical Center, Trinitas Hospital and UMDNJ-University Hospital.

The program's objectives include:

  • Improving cardiac care for African Americans and Latinos in New Jersey;
  • Developing effective strategies and models for improving the quality of cardiac care;
  • Encouraging the spread of such strategies and models to other areas of care; and
  • Communicating lessons learned to policymakers and healthcare providers.

Other strategies developed as part of the initiative include increased accuracy in collecting race and ethnicity data, refined diet instructions to address different cultures and collaborations between hospitals and local communities to identify resources and support for heart failure patients.

"We are really excited about the great results the collaborative has produced, and this is only our first year. All 10 hospitals are working together to share strengths and weaknesses in order to provide their heart failure patients with the highest quality of care," said Joan Gleason Scott, RN, program manager of Expecting Success in Cardiac Care.

NJHA's Institute for Quality and Patient Safety is administering and providing the leadership for the cardiac care learning network, offering quality improvement meetings with national experts. The Institute is assisting hospitals in developing their own plans to improve heart failure care. It also is monitoring each hospital's progress and provides a forum for the 10 participating hospitals to share lessons learned and
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