FRAMINGHAM – MetroWest Medical Center, specifically Framingham Union Hospital, achieved the American Heart Association’s Get With The Guidelines®-Heart Failure Gold Plus 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 re-admissions for heart failure patients.
MetroWest Medical Center 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.
“The team at MetroWest Medical Center is very excited to be recognized for the quality of care we provide to our patients with heart failure,” said Jeffrey Liebman, CEO of MetroWest Medical Center. “We track and measure our success in meeting evidenced-based clinical guidelines developed to improve patient outcomes.”
According to the American Heart 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.