University of Minnesota Medical Center, Fairview Southdale Hospital and Fairview Ridges Hospital were honored this fall with the Get With The Guidelines-Heart Failure Achievement Award for implementing specific quality improvement measures outlined by the American Heart Association.
This marks the second year that Fairview Southdale has been recognized with this award, which means the hospital will receive a silver quality achievement award. University of Minnesota Medical Center and Fairview Ridges Hospital were recognized for the first time; both will receive the bronze quality achievement award. They are the only three hospitals in the Twin Cities to receive the award this year. Only five hospitals in the state of Minnesota earned the award in 2014.
Cardiologists with University of Minnesota Heart Care see patients and collaborate with clinical care teams at 8 locations across the Twin Cities and greater Minnesota, including University of Minnesota Medical Center, Fairview Southdale and Fairview Ridges.
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.
The awards recognize hospitals that demonstrate at least 85 percent compliance in each of the five Get With The Guidelines-Heart Failure Achievement Measures. The award level is time-based, so the hospitals may receive a silver or gold award in the future if they maintain the current level of adherence.
The hospitals were also added to the association’s Target: Heart Failure Honor Roll. Target: Heart Failure is an initiative that provides hospitals with educational tools, prevention programs and treatment guidelines developed to reduce the risk of heart failure patients returning to the hospital. Hospitals are required to meet criteria that improves medication adherence, provides early follow-up care and coordination and enhances patient education.