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University Hospitals Case Medical Center recognized by American Heart Association
Date:8/26/2008

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UHCMC has consistently and successfully implemented these quality measures for four years coronary artery disease, 12 consecutive months in heart failure, and 90 days in stroke since it began participating in the program.

"The full implementation of acute and secondary prevention guideline recommended therapy is a critical step in reducing death and disability of cardiovascular disease patients," said Gregg C Fonarow, M.D., National Chairman of the GWTG Steering Committee and Director of Ahmanson-UCLA Cardiomyopathy Center. "The goal of the American Heart Association's Get With The Guidelines program is to help hospitals like University Hospitals Case Medical Center implement appropriate evidence-based care and protocols that will reduce the number of deaths in these patients and in their communities. University Hospitals has achieved a high level of performance in terms of implementing these life-prolonging treatments."

According to the American Heart Association/American Stroke Association, each year approximately 300,000 people suffer a recurrent heart attack, 5.2 million people suffer from heart failure and 700,000 people suffer a stroke. "University Hospitals Case Medical Center is dedicated to making our care for heart disease and stroke patients among the best in the country. We will continue in our efforts to build off the success achieved with continued implementation of this valuable program," said Nathan Levitan, M.D., Chief Medical Officer at University Hospitals. "Get With The Guidelines makes it easier for our professionals to improve the long-term outcomes of our cardiac and stroke patients, and we are pleased to be recognized for our dedication and achievements."

UHCMC's staff develop and implement acute and secondary prevention guideline processes. The program includes quality improvement measures such as care maps, discharge protocols, standing orders and measurement tools. This quick and efficient use
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Contact: George Stamatis
george.stamatis@UHhospitals.org
216-844-3667
University Hospitals of Cleveland
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