Kaleida Health Receives National HeartCaring Award
The Excellence in Action Award is given to hospitals and health systems whose innovation and extraordinary commitment to community service goes beyond all expectations. Kaleida Health demonstrated superiority in clinician designations, screenings, patient navigation, quality of educational materials, and patient follow-up across the continuum of care, from screening to wellness to support groups.
Kaleida Health received the award for its commitment to increasing cardiovascular disease screening for women as part of its 2014-2016 Community Service Plan in response to the staggering heart disease statistics that plague Western New York.
Using the HeartCaring program, providers at the six Women & Children’s Hospital of Buffalo OB/GYN Centers now include a Clinical Risk Assessment for Cardiovascular Disease in patients’ annual GYN visit. Based on the results, providers are then able to offer educational materials and refer those identified as at risk for cardiovascular disease to a primary care physician or cardiologist. The ultimate goal of this initiative is to screen 60 percent of GYN patients by the end of 2016.
Kaleida Health’s program will be used as a model for other hospitals and health systems to integrate cardiovascular screening into women's service lines and raise awareness while improving cardiovascular health.
The HeartCaring platform is an evidence-based program through Spirit of Women that focuses on prevention and emphasizes screening and patient education to support lifestyle changes. It addresses the varying patterns of cardiovascular disease for women. The goal is to assess and modify women’s cardiovascular disease risk through gender-specific strategies including the different interventions, therapies and prevention guidelines.