HCA Midwest Health
August 10, 2010

Menorah Medical Center and Research Medical Center, part of HCA Midwest Health System, have been recognized for achievement in using evidence-based guidelines to provide the best possible care to patients. This honor is based on the American Heart Association/ American Stroke Association’s Get With The Guidelines® program.

Menorah Medical Center and Research Medical Center are featured in a special advertisement in the "America’s Best Hospitals" issue of US News & World Report (August issue). A total of 961 awards were given for achievement in coronary artery disease, stroke and/or heart failure treatment.

Menorah Medical Center received the Get With The Guidelines CAD-Silver award and Heart Failure- Silver Plus award. Research Medical Center received the Get With The Guidelines CAD-Gold award; the Heart Failure-Gold Plus award; and the Stroke-Gold Plus award. These hospitals achieved at least 85 percent compliance with Get With The Guidelines measures. Those achieving 85 percent compliance for 24 consecutive months receive 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.

The American Heart Association/American Stroke Association’s advertisement highlights Menorah Medical Center’s and Research Medical Center’s commitment and success in performance achievement.

“The American Heart Association is pleased to recognize its top Get With The Guidelines participants,” says Lee Schwamm, MD, national chairman of the Get With The Guidelines steering committee, associate professor of neurology at Harvard Medical School and Vice Chairman of Neurology at Massachusetts General Hospital. “Healthcare providers who use Get With The Guidelines are armed with the latest evidence-based guidelines and immediate access to clinical decision support, using a set of tools that have been shown to improve delivery of evidence-based care. The goal of this initiative is to improve the quality of life and help reduce deaths and disability among patients with heart disease and stroke.”

In addition, Schwamm says published scientific studies are providing more and more evidence that Get With The Guidelines works. “Patients are getting the right care they need when they need it,” he says. That’s resulting in improved survival.”

“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 Menorah Medical Center’s and Research Medical Center’s achievements in their Get With The Guidelines program,” says Steve Corbeil, president of HCA Midwest. “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.”