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    Rome Memorial Hospital recognized for implementing quality heart disease and stroke care

    Sept. 3, 2011

    ROME — Rome Memorial Hospital has been recognized for achievement in consistently demonstrating evidence-based guidelines to provide the best possible care to patients through The American Heart Association/ American Stroke Association’s Get With The Guidelines program.

    The hospital was featured in a special advertisement in the “America’s Best Hospitals” issue of US News & World Report (August issue) to commemorate its receipt of the Get With The Guidelines Gold Performance Achievement Award in treating coronary artery disease and Silver Performance Achievement Award in treating heart failure.

    To earn the Gold Performance Achievement Award, the hospital needed to achieve at least 85 percent compliance for 24 consecutive months, while the Silver Performance Achievement Award recognizes at least 85 percent compliance for 12 consecutive months.

    “We are proud that the American Heart Association and American Stroke Association have chosen the ‘America’s Best Hospitals’ issue of US News & World Report to recognize Rome Memorial Hospital for our achievements in their Get With The Guidelines program,” said Director of Performance Improvement Brian Barringer. “Our doctors and nurses have embraced the high standards of this program to provide the most effective treatments for our coronary heart disease, heart failure and stroke patients.”

    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.

    The American Heart Association/American Stroke Association’s awards recognize Rome Memorial Hospital’s commitment and success in performance achievement. “The credit for this achievement goes to the doctors and nurses who are implementing these evidence-based practices,” Barringer continued. “Awards like these demonstrate that our healthcare professionals are using the latest medicine and practices to ensure quality care for our patients every day. As the only hospital in Oneida County to receive two awards, our patients should feel very comfortable knowing that they are in very good hands.”

    “The American Heart Association is pleased to recognize its top Get With The Guidelines participants,” said Lee Schwamm, M.D., national chairman of the Get With The Guidelines steering committee, associate professor of neurology at Harvard Medical School and Vice Chairman of Neurology at Massachusetts General Hospital. “Healthcare providers who use Get With The Guidelines are armed with the latest evidence-based guidelines and immediate access to clinical decision support, using a set of tools that have been shown to improve delivery of evidence-based care. The goal of this initiative is to improve the quality of life and help reduce deaths and disability among patients with heart disease and stroke.”

    “Published scientific studies are providing us with more and more evidence that Get With The Guidelines works,” he continued. “Patients are getting the right care they need when they need it. That’s resulting in improved survival.”