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American Heart Association recognizes Niagara Falls Memorial for quality cardiac care

Niagara Falls Memorial Medical Center and The Heart Center of Niagara have received the Get With The Guidelines–Heart Failure (GWTG–HF) Silver Performance Achievement Award from the American Heart Association.

Hospitals receiving Get With The Guidelines Silver Performance status have reached an aggressive goal of treating heart failure patients with 85 percent or higher compliance to core standard levels of care as outlined by the American Heart Association/American Stroke Association for 12 consecutive months.

Memorial previously received the Get With the Guidelines Bronze Performance Achievement Award for Heart Failure care and joins 518 other hospitals featured in an  advertisement in the July 21 “America’s Best Hospitals” issue of US News & World Report.

GWTG 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 provides three modules that address coronary artery disease, heart failure and stroke.  Currently more than 1,450 hospitals use one or more GWTG modules.

“The American Heart Association is pleased to recognize its top Get With The Guidelines participants,” said Gregg C Fonarow, M.D., national chairman, Get With The Guidelines steering committee and director, Ahmanson-UCLA Cardiomyopathy Center.  “The program makes it easier for hospitals like Niagara Falls Memorial to provide appropriate evidence-based care and ultimately improve the quality of life and help reduce the number of deaths in these heart and stroke patients.”
“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 us for our achievements in their Get With The Guidelines program,” Memorial President & CEO Joseph A. Ruffolo said.  “Get With The Guidelines gives our professionals the tools and reports they need to effectively treat our coronary heart disease, heart failure and stroke patients.”

Ruffolo thanks staff for making Memorial a great place to work

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