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BGMC/GVI, DMH and MFSH Receive Get With The Guidelines Awards

Updated: 5/19/2015

Buffalo General Medical Center/Gates Vascular Institute (BGMC/GVI), DeGraff Memorial Hospital (DMH) and Millard Fillmore Suburban Hospital (MFSH) recently received several American Heart Association/American Stroke Association Get With The Guidelines® Quality Achievement Awards.

Buffalo General Medical Center/Gates Vascular Institute (BGMC/GVI) was honored with the Stroke Gold Plus Quality Achievement Award with Target: StrokeSM Honor Roll Elite, which recognizes commitment and success in ensuring that stroke patients receive the most appropriate treatment according to nationally recognized, research-based guidelines based on the latest scientific evidence.

To qualify for the Target: Stroke Honor Roll Elite, hospitals must meet quality measures developed to reduce the time between the patient’s arrival at the hospital and treatment with the clot-buster tissue plasminogen activator, or tPA, the only drug approved by the US Food and Drug Administration to treat ischemic stroke.  If given intravenously in the first three hours after the start of stroke symptoms, tPA has been shown to significantly reduce the effects of stroke and lessen the chance of permanent disability.

BGMC/GVI also received the Resuscitation Silver Award, which recognizes the implementation of specific quality improvement measures outlined by the American Heart Association for the treatment of patients who suffer in-hospital cardiac arrests.

The Get With The Guidelines-Resuscitation program was developed with the goal to save lives through consistently following the most up-to-date research-based guidelines for treatment. Guidelines include following protocols for patient safety, medical emergency team response, effective and timely resuscitation (CPR) and post-resuscitation care.

DMH and MFSH were honored with the Get With The Guidelines–Heart Failure Gold-Plus Quality Achievement Award. The hospitals 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 would include ACE inhibitors/ARBs, beta-blockers, diuretics, anticoagulants, and other appropriate therapies. Before patients are discharged, they also receive education on managing their heart failure and overall health, get a follow-up visit scheduled, as well as other care transition interventions.

DMH also received the association’s Target: Heart Failure Honor Roll. Target: Heart Failure is an initiative that provides hospitals with educational tools, prevention programs and treatment guidelines designed to reduce the risk of heart failure patients ending up back in the hospital. 

According to the American Heart Association, about 5.7 million adults in the United States suffer from heart failure, with the number expected to rise to eight million by 2030. Statistics show that each year about 870,000 new cases are diagnosed and about 50 percent of those diagnosed will die within five years. However, 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.