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RMC Receives American Heart Association’s Get With The Guidelines®-Heart Failure Gold Plus Quality Achievement Award

11/11/2013


Award demonstrates RMC’s commitment to quality care for heart failure patients

Keith Everett, Vice President of Quality & Systems Improvement-American Heart Association; recently presented RMC with the Get With The Guideline®-Heart Failure Gold Plus Quality Achievement Award. From left are Donna Moorer, Quality Management Coordinator; Evelyn Fulmer, Quality Management Data Specialist; Amber DeFago, Senior Director of Development, Mid-Atlantic Affiliate-American Heart Association; Keith Everett; Tom Dandridge, President & CEO; Indun Whetsell, Director of Quality Management and Medical Staff Services; Crissy Soles, Clinical Improvement Coordinator; David Hill, Director of Home Care; Marilyn Tremblay, Vice President & CIO; and Melissa Summers, Quality Management Data Specialist.

The Regional Medical Center (RMC) has received the Get With The Guidelines®–Heart Failure Gold Plus Quality Achievement Award from the American Heart Association. The recognition signifies that RMC has reached an exceptional goal of treating heart failure patients according to the guidelines of care recommended by the American Heart Association/American College of Cardiology.

This marks the third year and the fourth quality achievement award-heart failure that RMC has received.

Get With The Guidelines®–Heart Failure helps RMC’s staff develop and implement acute and secondary prevention guideline processes 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.

“We are pleased to recognize the Regional Medical Center for their commitment to heart failure care,” said Deepak L. Bhatt, MD, MPH, national chairman of the Get With The Guidelines steering committee and Chief of Cardiology at VA Boston Healthcare System, Senior Physician at Brigham and Women's Hospital and Professor of Medicine at Harvard Medical School. “Published scientific studies are providing us with evidence that Get With The Guidelines works. Patients are getting the right care they need when they need it. That’s resulting in increased survival.”

Following Get With The Guidelines®–Heart Failure treatment 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 of time to be eligible for the achievement awards.

“RMC 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,” said RMC President and CEO Tom Dandridge. “This recognition demonstrates that we are on the right track, and we’re very proud of our team.”

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 will die of heart failure. However, many heart failure patients can lead a full, enjoyable life when their condition is managed with proper medications and devices and with healthy lifestyle changes.


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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 healthcare teams to save lives and reduce healthcare costs by helping hospitals follow evidence-based guidelines and recommendations. For more information, visit www.heart.org/quality.

About the Regional Medical Center of Orangeburg & Calhoun Counties (RMC)

The Regional Medical Center, in Orangeburg, S.C., is a 286-bed acute-care facility, employing more than 1,400 healthcare professionals. Serving Orangeburg and Calhoun counties and surrounding areas, RMC is accredited by The Joint Commission and has Advanced Certification as a Primary Stroke Center. RMC offers a 24-hour emergency department and a full-range of high-quality medical services such as same day surgery, orthopaedics, obstetrics, cardiology, cancer care, dialysis access and the latest in diagnostic imaging.

The Regional Medical Center also operates nine Primary Care practices, three Cardiology practices, an Orthopaedics practice, two Surgery practices, an Internal Medicine practice, an Internal Medicine/Gastroenterology practice, and an Obstetrics/Gynecology practice, as well as after-hours Urgent Care with physician, lab and X-Ray in Santee and Bamberg. RMC’s Mobile Services van provides digital mammography and other screenings throughout the region.

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