The American Heart Association/American Stroke Association are recognizing Sierra Vista Regional Medical Center for its performance in treating cardiac and stroke patients using the association’s Get With The GuidelinesSM program. Sierra Vista joins 518 other hospitals being featured in an advertisement in the July 21st “America’s Best Hospitals” issue of US News & World Report.
Sierra Vista was the only hospital in San Luis Obispo County to be awarded two gold medals from the American Heart Association earning recognition for the treatment of both Heart Failure and Coronary Artery Disease.
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.
Upon meeting each module’s criteria, hospitals are recognized if at least 85 percent of their cardiac or stroke patients are treated and discharged according to the American Heart Association/American Stroke Association’s recommendations.
"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 fro hospitals like Sierra Vista Regional Medical Center to provide appropriate evidence-based care and ultimately improve the quality of like and help reduce the number of deaths in these heart and stroke patients."
The American Heart Association/American Stroke Association’s advertisement recognizes Sierra Vista’s commitment and success in performance achievement.