Boston Medical Center Recognized for Implementing Quality Cardiac Care

in Health & Medicine, News Releases, School of Medicine
July 27th, 2006

Contact: Gina M. Digravio, 617-638-8491 | gina.digravio@bmc.org

(Boston) — Boston Medical Center is one of 173 hospitals in the United States being recognized in the July 17 issue of US News & World Report by the American Heart Association’s Get With the Guidelines SM (GWTG) program in an ad for its performance achievement in cardiac patient care.

The American Heart Association’s GWTG program is a quality-improvement program that helps hospitals ensure that patients consistently receive cardiac care in accordance with the most up-to-date guidelines and recommendations.

GWTG’s Coronary Artery Disease (CAD) module helps hospitals use evidence-based guidelines to treat their patients with coronary artery disease. Hospitals that continually meet or exceed the nationally accepted standards, or guidelines, improve their quality patient care by turning guidelines into lifelines.

Upon meeting criteria specific to the GWTG CAD module, hospitals are recognized for performance achievement if at least 85 percent of their cardiac patients (without contraindications) are treated and discharged according to the American Heart Association’s guidelines and recommendations. The American Heart Association’s ad recognizes Boston Medical Center’s performance achievement in cardiac care.

“GWTG is about saving lives. The American Heart Association wanted to recognize Boston Medical Center’s contribution to quality care in a publication such as US News & World Report, which focuses its July issue on the top performing hospitals in the nation. Boston Medical Center has implemented and maintained the appropriate standards of protocol in cardiac care for patients,” said Gregg C. Fonarow, MD, American Heart Association volunteer chairman for the national GWTG Steering Committee. “We are proud of Boston Medical Center’s efforts for implementing these lifesaving treatments.”

“Boston Medical Center is dedicated to making our patient care for heart patients among the best in the country, and the American Heart Association’s GWTG program is helping us accomplish that by making it easier for our professionals to improve the quality of care and long-term outcomes of our cardiac patients,” said George Philippides, MD, medical director of BMC’s Coronary Care Unit.

About Boston Medical Center:
Boston Medical Center is a private, not-for-profit, academic medical center affiliated with Boston University School of Medicine. Committed to providing high-quality health care to all, the hospital offers a full spectrum of pediatric and adult care services including primary and family medicine and advanced specialty care with an emphasis on community-based care. Boston Medical Center offers specialized care for complex health problems and is a leading research institution. Boston Medical Center and Boston University School of Medicine are partners in the Boston HealthNet—15 community health centers focused on providing exceptional health care to residents of Boston. For more information, please go to www.bmc.org.

About GWTG:
Get With The GuidelinesSM (GWTG) is the American Heart Association/ American Stroke Association’s hospital-based program designed to ensure that patients are consistently treated and discharged according to evidence-based guidelines for coronary artery disease, heart failure, and stroke. This quality improvement program empowers healthcare teams to save lives and reduce healthcare costs through helping hospitals follow evidence-based guidelines and recommendations for treating coronary artery disease, heart failure, and stroke. Experience has shown that 80,000 lives could be saved annually if the coronary artery disease (GWTG-CAD) module alone of Get With The GuidelinesSM were implemented nationwide. GWTG was the first hospital-based program to receive the prestigious Innovation in Prevention Award from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services in 2004. Currently more than 1200 hospitals use one or more GWTG modules. GWTG-CAD is supported by an unrestricted educational grant from the Merck/Schering-Plough Pharmaceutical Partnership and GWTG- Heart Failure is supported by an unrestricted grant from Glaxo Smith Kline, Inc.

For more information, visit www.americanheart.org/getwiththeguidelines.

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