The Nebraska Heart Institute Heart Hospital Is Recognized For Implementing Quality Heart Disease Care

August 18, 2010 – For immediate release

The Nebraska Heart Hospital has been recognized for achievement in using evidence-based guidelines to provide the best possible care to patients through the American Heart Association’s Get With The Guidelines program.

The Nebraska Heart Hospital and other hospitals from across the U.S. were featured in a special advertisement in the “America’s Best Hospitals” issue of U.S. News & World Report (August issue) to commemorate their receipt of Get With The Guidelines Gold Performance Achievement Award. Awards were given for achievement in coronary artery disease, stroke and/or heart failure treatment.

Hospitals recognized in each category achieve at least 85 percent compliance to Get With The guidelines measures. Those achieving 85 percent compliance for 24 consecutive months receive the Gold Performance Achievement Award, with the Silver Performance Achievement Award going to those with 85 percent compliance for 12 consecutive months. Special recognition is also given for those hospitals achieving 85 percent compliance in two or all three categories and/or for being in 75 percent compliance with heart failure.

Get With The Guidelines 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 addresses coronary artery disease, heart failure and stroke. Currently, more than 1,400 hospitals participate in the program.

The American Heart Association’s advertisement recognizes the Nebraska Heart Hospital’s commitment and success in performance achievement. “We are proud that the American Heart Association has chosen the ‘America’s Best Hospitals’ issue of U.S. News & World Report to recognize the Nebraska Heart Hospital for our achievements in their Get With The Guidelines program,” says Thomas Burnell, Chief Executive Officer for the Nebraska Heart Institute & Heart Hospital. “Get With The Guidelines gives our professionals the tools and reports they need to effectively treat our patients.”

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About Nebraska Heart Institute & Heart Hospital
The Nebraska Heart Institute & Heart Hospital provide unparalleled cardiac, vascular and thoracic care services. These services include consultative cardiology; nuclear cardiology, electrophysiology, cardiac catheterization, interventional cardiology and cardiac, vascular and thoracic surgery. Nebraska Heart includes 28 physicians and more than 500 nurses, technologists and support staff providing care throughout Nebraska, western Iowa and northern Kansas from its six office locations in Lincoln, Columbus, Grand Island, Hastings and North Platte and the 63-bed Nebraska Heart Hospital, located in Lincoln.

About Get With The Guidelines
Get With The Guidelines is the American heart Association’s hospital-based quality improvement program that empowers healthcare teams to save lives and reduce healthcare costs by helping hospitals follow evidence-based guidelines and recommendations.

For more information, contact:
J Hoffman
Nebraska Heart Institute & Heart Hospital
402-328-3950
jhoffman@neheart.com

 

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