Friday, July 31, 2009

Hilo Medical Center Recieves American Heart Association Gold Award

Mark attended the American Heart Association Gold Award ceremony recognizing the efforts of the cardiac unit at Hilo Medical Center in promoting pulmonary health care and improvement in the treatment of coronary artery disease. The American Heart Association "Get With the Guidelines" program is meant to help hospitals hone its competitive edge by providing tangible evidence to patients and stakeholders of the hospital's commitment to improving health care.

Hilo Medical Center earned the Gold Performance Achievement Award by:
  • Starting patients on aggressive risk reduction therapies such as cholesterol-lowering drugs, aspirin, ACE inhibitors and beta-blockers in the hospital.
  • Providing patients with smoking cessation/weight management counseling before they are discharged.
  • Demonstrating for 24 consecutive months that at least 85% of its eligible coronary patients (without contraindications) are discharged following the American Heart Association's recommended treatment guidelines.

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