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DeGraff and Suburban Receive Heart Care Award

Updated: 6/18/2013

DeGraff Memorial Hospital and Millard Fillmore Suburban Hospital received the Get With The Guidelines®–Heart Failure Gold Plus Quality Achievement Award from the American Heart Association. The recognition signifies that the two hospitals have 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 second year that DeGraff Memorial Hospital and the fifth year that Millard Fillmore Suburban Hospital were recognized with a quality achievement award for heart failure.

Get With The Guidelines–Heart Failure helps hospitals 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.

“Recent studies show that patients treated in hospitals participating in the American Heart Association’s Get With The Guidelines-Heart Failure program receive a higher quality of care and may experience better outcomes,” said Lee H. Schwamm, MD, chair of the Get With The Guidelines National Steering Committee and director of the TeleStroke and Acute Stroke Services at Massachusetts General Hospital in Boston. “The teams at DeGraff Memorial Hospital and Millard Fillmore Suburban Hospital are to be commended for their commitment to improving the care of their patients.”

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.

“DeGraff and Suburban are 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 Chris Lane, president of DeGraff Memorial Hospital and Millard Fillmore Suburban Hospital. “This recognition demonstrates that we are on the right track, and we are 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.


About DeGraff Memorial Hospital

DeGraff Memorial Hospital is dedicated to excellence through state of the art technology, exceptional physicians and staff, ranking the hospital among the best in the delivery of overall patient satisfaction. DeGraff provides a full spectrum of services include acute care, orthopedics, rehabilitation, and geriatrics. Surgical specialties include retina, gastroenterology, orthopedics and urology. It is also home to a nationally recognized long-term care facility. For more information, visit

About Millard Fillmore Suburban Hospital

Millard Fillmore Suburban Hospital is a 261-bed community hospital and a subsidiary of Kaleida Health, Western New York’s largest health care provider. The hospital offers services in emergency medicine, obstetrics and gynecology, general surgery, urology, otolaryngology, and orthopedics, internal medicine, family practice, and geriatrics. The hospital also supports residency-training programs of the University at Buffalo School of Medicine and Biomedical Sciences in anesthesiology, emergency medicine, general surgery, urology, and obstetrics and gynecology, and family practice. For more information, visit

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