GWTG Silver Award To Coral Gables For Heart Failure Care 
Tuesday, 12 May 2009 

CORAL GABLES, FLA -- Coral Gables Hospital has received Get  With The Guidelinestm Silver Performance Achievement Award in treating Heart Failure.

Coral Gables Hospital joined 518 other hospitals featured in an advertisement in the July 21st "America's Best Hospitals" issue of US News & World Report.

GWTG is a hospital based quality-improvement program designed to ensure that hospitals consistently care for cardiac and stroke patients following the most up-to-date guidelines and recommendations. The program provides three modules that address coronary artery disease, heart failure and stroke. Currently more than 1,450 hospitals use one or more GWTG modules.

"The American Heart Association is pleased to recognize its top Get With The Guidelines participants," said Gregg C Fonarow, M.D., national chairman, Get With The Guidelines steering committee and director, Ahmanson-UCLA Cardiomyopathy Center.

The recognition signifies that Coral Gables has reached an aggressive goal of treating heart failure patients with 85% compliance to core standard levels of care outlined by the American Heart Association/American College of Cardiology secondary prevention guidelines for heart failure patients.

Under GWTG-HF, heart failure patients are started on aggressive risk reduction therapies such as cholesterol-lowering drugs, beta-blockers, ACE inhibitors, aspirin, diuretics, and anticoagulants in the hospital. They also receive alcohol/drug use and thyroid management counseling and referrals for cardiac rehabilitation before being discharged.

The aim of the American Heart Association’s Get With The Guidelines program is to help hospitals like Coral Gables implement appropriate evidence-based guidelines for care and protocols that will reduce the number of deaths in these patients.

According to the American Heart Association, about 5 million people suffer from heart failure. Statistics also show the incidence of heart failure has not declined in two decades and each year more than 52,000 people will die of heart failure.

“Coral Gables Hospital is dedicated to making our care for heart failure patients among the best in the country, and implementing the American Heart Association’s Get With The Guidelines - HF program will help us accomplish this by making it easier for our professionals to improve the long-term outcome for these patients,” said Chief Executive Officer Jay Miranda.

GWTG-HF helps Coral Gables staff develop and implement acute and secondary prevention guideline processes. The program includes quality-improvement measures such as care maps, discharge protocols, standing orders and measurement tools.

This quick and efficient use of guideline tools will enable Coral Gables to improve the quality of care it provides heart failure patients, save lives and ultimately, reduce healthcare costs by lowering the recurrence of heart attacks.