Recent award presented by the American Heart Association
Waukegan, IL — Vista Medical Center East in Waukegan has been recognized by the American Heart Association with the Get With The Guidelines®–Heart Failure Silver Quality Achievement Award. This signifies that Vista East has reached an aggressive goal of treating heart failure patients according to the guidelines of care recommended by the American Heart Association/American College of Cardiology.
“Vista Health System is dedicated to making our care for heart failure patients among the best in the country,” said Barbara Martin, President and CEO of Vista Health System. “This recognition demonstrates that we are on the right track, and I am very proud of our team.”
Earlier this year, Vista Medical Center East, located at 1324 N. Sheridan Rd., also received reaccreditation as a Chest Pain Center by the Society of Cardiovascular Patient Care. This accreditation was initially received in 2009 and now continues without interruption. Vista East also is accredited by the Joint Commission for Congestive Heart Failure, a distinction earned in 2012.
At Vista East, cardiologists are available around the clock, plus the Cardiac Catheterization Lab is available 24/7 to provide rapid “door-to-balloon” response during cardiac emergencies when every second counts. The heart care team at Vista East provides the full range of advanced diagnostic tests, and if treatment is required, performs everything from the latest interventional procedures to valve replacement and open heart surgery. Post-operative cardiac rehabilitation is an important part of Vista’s ongoing care.
Get With The Guidelines–Heart Failure helps Vista’s staff develop and implement acute and secondary prevention guideline processes to improve patient care and outcomes. The program provides hospitals with a web-based patient management tool, best practice discharge protocols and standing orders, along with a robust registry and real-time benchmarking capabilities to track performance.
The quick and efficient use of guideline procedures can improve the quality of care for heart failure patients, save lives and ultimately, reduce healthcare costs by lowering the recurrence of heart attacks.
“Recent studies show that patients treated in hospitals participating in the American Heart Association’s Get With The Guidelines-Heart Failure program receive a higher quality of care and may experience better outcomes,” said Lee H. Schwamm, M.D., chair of the Get With The Guidelines National Steering Committee. “Vista’s team is to be commended for their commitment to improving the care of their patients.”
Following Get With The Guidelines–Heart Failure treatment guidelines, heart failure patients are started on aggressive risk-reduction therapies if needed, including cholesterol-lowering drugs, beta-blockers, ACE inhibitors, aspirin, diuretics and anticoagulants while in the hospital. Before discharge, they also receive education on managing their heart failure and overall health, including lifestyle modifications and follow-up care. Hospitals must adhere to these measures at a set level for a designated period of time to be eligible for the achievement awards.
According to the American Heart Association, about 5.7 million people suffer from heart failure. Statistics also show that, each year, 670,000 new cases are diagnosed and more than 277,000 people will die of heart failure. However, many heart failure patients can lead a full, enjoyable life when their condition is managed with proper medications and devices and with healthy lifestyle changes.
Vista Medical Center East
1324 N. Sheridan Road
Waukegan, IL 60085