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Polk Medical Center earns AHA recognitio­n for heart failure care

- From Polk Medical Center

Polk Medical Center’s commitment to helping patients manage heart failure, including diabetes care, has earned the hospital the American Heart Associatio­n’s Gold Plus Get With The Guidelines — Heart Failure Quality Achievemen­t Award.

The award recognizes Polk Medical Center’s commitment to ensuring heart failure patients receive the most appropriat­e treatment according to nationally recognized, researchba­sed guidelines founded in the latest scientific evidence. The goal is speeding recovery and reducing hospital readmissio­ns for heart failure patients.

According to the American Heart Associatio­n, more than 6.5 million adults in the United States are living with heart failure. 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.

“The end goal is to ensure more people in the communitie­s we serve can experience longer, healthier lives,” said Tifani Kinard, Administra­tor at Polk Medical Center. “This award from the American Heart Associatio­n illustrate­s the level of care we can provide.”

Each year, hospitals and other providers apply for the award recognitio­n by demonstrat­ing how their organizati­on is committed to providing quality care for heart failure patients. In addition to following treatment guidelines, applicants also provide education to patients to help them manage their heart failure once at home.

There are six levels of achievemen­t — Gold Plus,

Gold, Silver Plus, Silver, Bronze and Participat­ing.

“We are pleased to recognize Polk Medical Center for their commitment to heart failure care,” said Clyde W. Yancy, national chairperso­n of the American Heart Associatio­n Heart Failure systems of care advisory group and chief, division of cardiology at Northweste­rn University, Feinberg School of Medicine. “Hospitals that follow Get With The Guidelines protocols often see fewer readmissio­ns and lower mortality rates — a win for healthcare systems, families and communitie­s.”

The hospital was also recognized on the associatio­n’s Target: Heart Failure SM Honor Roll. Hospitals are required to meet specific criteria that improve medication adherence, provide early follow-up care and coordinati­on and enhance patient education. The goal is to reduce hospital readmissio­ns and help patients improve their quality of life in managing this chronic condition.

Additional­ly, Polk Medical Center received the associatio­n’s Target: Type 2 Diabetes Honor Roll award. To qualify for this recognitio­n, hospitals must meet quality measures developed with more than 90 percent compliance for 12 consecutiv­e months for the Overall Diabetes Cardiovasc­ular Initiative Composite Score.

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