Porter Regional Hospital in Valparaiso was presented the American Heart Association’s Get With The Guidelines – Heart Failure Gold Plus Quality Achievement Award.
The award recognizes the hospital’s commitment to ensuring heart failure patients receive appropriate treatment according to nationally recognized, research-based guidelines founded in the latest scientific evidence. The goal is speeding recovery and reducing hospital re-admissions for heart failure patients.
“Porter Regional Hospital and our cardiovascular physicians are dedicated to improving the quality of care for our patients with heart failure by implementing the American Heart Association’s Get With The Guidelines-Heart Failure initiative,” said Sean Dardeau, CEO of Porter Health Care System and the Northwest Indiana market. “The tools and resources provided have helped us measure our success in meeting evidenced-based clinical guidelines developed to improve patient outcomes.”
Dr. Lee H. Schwamm, national chairperson of the quality oversight committee and executive vice chair of neurology, director of acute stroke services at Massachusetts General Hospital in Boston, said AHA is pleased to recognize Porter Regional Hospital for its commitment to heart failure care.
“Research has shown that hospitals adhering to clinical measures through the Get With The Guidelines quality improvement initiative can often see fewer readmissions and lower mortality rates,” he said.
According to the American Heart Association, more than 6.5 million U.S. adults 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.