St. Joseph Medical Center has earned the Get With The Guidelines®-Heart
Failure Gold Plus Quality Achievement Award for implementing specific
quality improvement measures outlined by the American Heart Association/American
College of Cardiology Foundation.
To earn this award, hospitals must achieve 85 percent or higher compliance
with all Get With The Guidelines®-Heart Failure Achievement Measures
and 75 percent or higher compliance with four or more Get With The Guidelines®-Heart
Failure Quality Measures for two or more consecutive years to improve
quality of patient care and outcomes.
Get With The Guidelines-Heart Failure is a quality improvement program
that helps hospital teams follow the most up-to-date, research-based standards
with the goal of speeding recovery and reducing hospital readmissions
for heart failure patients. Launched in 2005, numerous published studies
have demonstrated the program’s success in achieving patient outcome
improvements, including reductions in 30-day readmissions.