Research Medical Center
July 27, 2010

Hospital recognized for implementing quality heart disease and stroke care

Gold Plus stroke care at Research Medical CenterKansas City, MO — Research Medical Center has been recognized for achievement in using evidence-based guidelines to provide the best possible care to patients through The American Heart Association/ American Stroke Association’s Get With The Guidelines® program. 

Research Medical Center and 814 other hospitals are featured in a special advertisement in the “America’s Best Hospitals” August issue of US News & World Report to commemorate its receipt of Get With The Guidelines Gold, Gold Plus, Silver Plus or Silver Performance Achievement Award. A total of 961 awards were given for achievement in coronary artery disease, stroke and/or heart failure treatment.

Hospitals recognized in each category achieved at least 85 percent compliance to Get With The Guidelines measures. Those achieving 85 percent compliance for 24 consecutive months received the Gold Performance Achievement Award, with the Silver Performance Achievement Award going to those with 85 percent compliance for 12 consecutive months. Special recognition is also given for those hospitals achieving 85 percent compliance in two or all three categories and/or for being in 75 percent compliance with heart failure and/or stroke measures.

Get With The Guidelines 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 addresses coronary artery disease, heart failure and stroke. Currently, more than 1,400 hospitals participate in the program.

“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 Research Medical Center for our achievements in their Get With The Guidelines program,” said Kevin J. Hicks, CEO at Research.  “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.”