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American Heart Association awards highlight outstanding care for stroke, heart failure and resuscitation

Three awards highlighting outstanding care at Upstate University Hospital in the areas of stroke, heart failure and resuscitation have received high praise from the American Heart Association.

Upstate has received the:

Get With the Guidelines®-Stroke Gold Plus Achievement Award with Target: Stroke Honor Roll Elite Plus and Target: Type 2 Diabetes Honor Roll;

—Get With the Guidelines®-Heart Failure Gold Plus Quality Achievement Award with Target Heart Failure Honor Roll and Target: Type 2 Diabetes Honor Roll;

—Get with the Get With The Guidelines® Resuscitation Gold Achievement Award.

“These honors from the American Heart Association reflect the work and dedication of our health care teams as they provide the best and safest care possible to our patients,” said Robert Corona, DO, MBA, chief executive officer of Upstate University Hospital. “What makes these awards most significant this year is that they reflect the work, passion and dedication our staff exhibited during this trying time of the pandemic.”

“We are pleased to recognize Upstate University Hospital for its commitment to caring for those in their community who need cardiovascular care,” said John Warner, MD, FAHA, past president of the American Heart Association and executive vice president for health system affairs at UT Southwestern Medical Center, in Dallas. “Hospitals that follow the American Heart Association’s quality improvement protocols often see improved patient outcomes, fewer readmissions and lower mortality rates – a win for health care systems, families and communities.”

For its stroke care, Upstate received the Get With the Guidelines®-Heart Failure Gold Plus Quality Achievement Award with Target Heart Failure Honor Roll and Target: Type 2 Diabetes Honor Roll.

“The recognition we receive each year from the Association is important to us and important for our patients and families, too,” said Josh Onyan, BSN, RN, SCRN, stroke program manager. “It’s continued recognition that the care they receive here matches the scientific evidence at giving them the greatest chance at a full recovery.”

The award recognizes the hospital’s commitment to providing the most appropriate stroke treatment according to nationally recognized, research-based guidelines based on the latest scientific evidence. Upstate earned the award by meeting specific quality achievement measures for the diagnosis and treatment of stroke patients at a set level for a designated period. These measures include evaluation of the proper use of medications and other stroke treatments aligned with the most up-to-date, evidence-based guidelines with the goal of speeding recovery and reducing death and disability for stroke patients. Before discharge, patients should also receive education on managing their health, get a follow-up visit scheduled, as well as other care transition interventions.

Upstate’s stroke care has been honored previously by the American Heart Association/American Stroke Association. Upstate is the region’s first Comprehensive Stroke Center as designated by DNV Healthcare, a national hospital accrediting body.

For its Heart Failure Care, Upstate received the Get With the Guidelines®-Heart Failure Gold Plus Quality Achievement Award with Target Heart Failure Honor Roll and Target: Type 2 Diabetes Honor Roll.

This Gold Plus honor recognizes our aggressive goal of treating patients to the key standards of the American Heart Association, especially the quality of care for our Heart Failure patients, including a quadruple medication therapy at discharge,” said Connie Randolph, RN, MS, CNS, CCCC, coordinator of the heart failure program. “The tools and resources provided help us track and measure our success in meeting evidenced-based clinical guidelines developed to improve patient outcomes.”

This award recognizes Upstate Downtown and Community campuses commitment to ensuring that our heart failure patients receive evidence-based medications and interventions. The goal is to enhance the quality of life for our heart failure patient population and reduce hospital readmissions.

Upstate has been honored previously by the American Heart Association/American Stroke Association for its Heart Failure program.

For its work in the area of adult resuscitation, Upstate received the Get with the Get With The Guidelines® Resuscitation Gold Achievement Award.

Upstate has received this award for implementing specific quality improvement measures outlined by the American Heart Association for its work in saving the lives of patients who experience in-hospital cardiac arrests.

“This work is truly life-saving,” said Resuscitation Quality Coordinator Matthew A. Grover, BSN, RN, ECLS Spec. “Our team adheres to Heart Association guidelines when following protocols for patient safety, medical emergency team response, effective and timely resuscitation (CPR) and post-resuscitation care.

More than 200,000 adults and children have an in-hospital cardiac arrest each year, according to the American Heart Association. The Get With The Guidelines-Resuscitation program was developed with the goal to save lives of those who experience cardiac arrests through consistently following the most up-to-date research-based guidelines for treatment. Guidelines include following protocols for patient safety, medical emergency team response, effective and timely resuscitation (CPR) and post-resuscitation care.

Upstate has been honored with Get with the Guidelines Quality Awards for the past several years.

 

 

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