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Published on January 16, 2015

St. Cloud Hospital Honored with Quality Achievement Award for Heart Failure Care

ST. CLOUD, MINN. – CentraCare Heart & Vascular Center at St. Cloud Hospital recently was recognized for achievement with Get With The Guidelines®–Heart Failure, a program created by the American Heart Association to help hospitals consistently follow the most up-to-date, evidence-based guidelines for treating heart failure patients. It is one of only four hospitals holding a current designation in Minnesota.  

Earning bronze recognition, CentraCare Heart & Vascular Center achieved at least 90 consecutive days of 85 percent or higher adherence to all Get With The Guidelines® program quality indicators. Measures include proper use of medications, aggressive risk reduction therapies and education. Studies have shown that hospitals that consistently follow these guidelines can reduce patients’ length of stays, 30-day readmission rates and disparity gaps in care.

According to the American Heart Association, about 5.1 million people suffer from heart failure. Each year 670,000 new cases are diagnosed and more than 275,000 people will die of heart failure. However, many heart failure patients can lead a full life when their condition is managed with proper medications and devices and with healthy lifestyle changes.

About CentraCare Heart & Vascular Center

As a Top 50 Heart Hospital, CentraCare Heart & Vascular Center is a comprehensive heart center dedicated to the prevention, discovery and management of heart disease. It offers a full range of heart services and is one of the few sites in Minnesota with a heart research program.

About Get With The Guidelines

Get With The Guidelines® puts the unparalleled expertise of the American Heart Association to work for hospitals nationwide, helping hospitals ensure that the care provided to heart failure patients is aligned with the latest evidence-based guidelines. The goal of participating in the program is to save lives. Most hospitals that implement Get With The Guidelines® realize measurable results, including improved patient outcomes and fewer recurring events.

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