MMMC receives AHA award

Maui Memorial Medical Center has received the Get With The GuidelinesHeart Failure Gold Plus Quality Achievement Award from the American Heart Association.

The recognition signifies that MMMC has reached an aggressive goal of treating heart failure patients with 85 percent compliance for at least 24 months to core standard levels of care as outlined by the American Heart Association/American College of Cardiology secondary prevention guidelines for heart failure patients.

This marks the fourth year that MMMC has been recognized with a quality achievement award.

Get With The Guidelines provides hospital staff with tools for caring for heart failure patients to prevent future hospitalizations.

Under Get With The GuidelinesHeart Failure, heart failure patients are started on aggressive risk-reduction therapies such as cholesterol-lowering drugs, beta-blockers, ACE inhibitors, aspirin, diuretics and anticoagulants while in the hospital. They also receive alcohol/drug use and thyroid management counseling as well as referrals for cardiac rehabilitation before being discharged.

“MMMC is dedicated to making our care for heart failure patients among the best in the country, and implementing the American Heart Association’s Get With The GuidelinesHeart Failure program will help us accomplish this goal by making it easier for our professionals to improve the long-term outcome for these patients,” said Carol Clark, the hospital’s director of communications, in a news release.

According to the American Heart Association, about 5.7 million people suffer from heart failure, the release said. Statistics also show that, each year, 670,000 new cases are diagnosed with and more than 277,000 people die of heart failure.