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Signature Healthcare Brockton Hospital Honored with Bronze Award for Heart Failure Care

Tuesday, July 18, 2017

Signature Healthcare Brockton Hospital has received the Get With The Guidelines®-Heart Failure Bronze Quality Achievement Award for implementing specific quality improvement measures outlined by the American Heart Association/American College of Cardiology Foundation’s secondary prevention guidelines for the treatment of patients with heart failure.

Get With The Guidelines-Heart Failure is a quality improvement program that helps hospital teams provide the most up-to-date, research-based guidelines with the goal of speeding recovery and reducing hospital readmissions for heart failure patients. Launched in 2005, numerous published studies have demonstrated the program’s success in achieving patient outcome improvements, including reductions in 30-day readmissions.

Signature Healthcare Brockton Hospital earned the award by meeting specific quality achievement measures for the diagnosis and treatment of heart failure patients at a set level for a designated period. These measures include evaluation of the patient, proper use of medications and aggressive risk-reduction therapies.  These would include ACE inhibitors/ARBs, beta-blockers, diuretics, anticoagulants, and other appropriate therapies. Before patients are discharged, they also receive education on managing their heart failure and overall health, get a follow-up visit scheduled, as well as other care transition interventions.

"Signature Healthcare Brockton Hospital is dedicated to improving the quality of care for our heart failure patients, and implementing the American Heart Association’s Get With The Guidelines-Heart Failure program helps us accomplish this goal by tracking and measuring our success in meeting internationally-respected clinical guidelines,” said Kim Hollon, President & CEO.

“We are pleased to recognize Signature Healthcare Brockton Hospital for their commitment to heart failure care,” said Paul Heidenreich, M.D., M.S., national chairman of the Get With The Guidelines Steering Committee and Professor of Medicine at Stanford University. “Research has shown there are benefits to patients who are treated at hospitals that have adopted the Get With The Guidelines program. Get With the Guidelines research has demonstrated the impact of lowering 30-day readmissions and reducing mortality rates.”

According to the American Heart Association, about 5.7 million adults in the United States suffer from heart failure, with the number expected to rise to eight million by 2030. Statistics show that each year about 870,000 new cases are diagnosed and about 50 percent of those diagnosed will die within five years. However, 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.

 

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About Signature Healthcare

Signature Healthcare is a multi-specialty, not for profit hospital and physician group comprised of Brockton Hospital and Signature Medical Group, which is made up of more than 150 physicians practicing in 15 ambulatory locations. Signature Medical Group acts as a patient’s medical home, working with them to coordinate all their healthcare needs, as well as provide access to evidence based patient care and education and self management support. We are one of the only not-for-profit community based healthcare delivery systems in Southeastern MA providing the full range of high quality primary care, specialty care, hospital care and related ancillary services on a coordinated basis delivered at a low cost. We are an affiliate of Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center, Harvard Medical Faculty Physicians at BIDMC and the Floating Hospital for Children at Tufts Medical Center. Signature Healthcare is continuously recognized for the quality care patients experience when visiting with our doctors and nurses. Some of our most recent awards include being named a Top Performer on Key Quality Measures® by The Joint Commission, receiving a national hospital safety score “A” rating by The Leapfrog Group, being noted as a Top Hospital by US News & World Report, as well as winning aWomen’s Choice Award for America’s Best Hospitals for Patient Safety. MySignatureCare.org

About Get With The Guidelines

Get With The Guidelines® is the American Heart Association/American Stroke Association’s hospital-based quality improvement program that provides hospitals with the latest research-based guidelines.  Developed with the goal of saving lives and hastening recovery, Get With The Guidelines has touched the lives of more than 6 million patients since 2001. For more information, visit heart.org.