St. Agnes Hospital receives Get With The Guidelines-Heart Failure Silver Plus Quality Achievement Award

Shelly Haberman
Heart honor

St. Agnes Hospital has received the American Heart Association’s Get With The Guidelines® - Heart Failure Silver Plus Quality Achievement Award. The award recognizes the hospital’s commitment to ensuring heart failure patients receive the most appropriate treatment according to nationally recognized, research-based guidelines founded in the latest scientific evidence.

The goal is speeding recovery and reducing hospital readmissions for heart failure patients.

St. Agnes Hospital earned the award by meeting specific quality achievement measures for the diagnosis and treatment of heart failure patients at a set level for a designated period. These measures include evaluation of the proper use of medications and aggressive risk-reduction therapies. Before discharge, patients should also receive education on managing their heart failure and overall health, get a follow-up visit scheduled, as well as other care transition interventions.

 “St. Agnes Hospital is dedicated to improving the quality of care for our heart failure patients by implementing the American Heart Association’s Get With The Guidelines-Heart Failure initiatives,” according to Galina Petrinska, MD, St. Agnes Hospital Hospital Medicine medical director. “The tools and resources provided help us track and measure our success in meeting evidence-based clinical guidelines developed to improve patient outcomes.”

 “We are pleased to recognize St. Agnes Hospital for its commitment to heart failure care,” says Eric E. Smith, MD, national chairman of the Get With The Guidelines Steering Committee and an associate professor of neurology at the University of Calgary in Alberta, Canada. “Research has shown that hospitals adhering to clinical measures through the Get With The Guidelines quality improvement initiative can often see fewer readmissions and lower mortality rates.”

According to the American Heart Association, more than 6.5 million adults in the United States are living with heart failure. Many heart failure patients can lead a full, enjoyable life when their condition is managed with proper medications or devices and with healthy lifestyle changes.

“Our process begins on admission by recognizing heart failure patients and beginning the education process,” according to Tiffany Mlodzik, RN, BSN, cardiac educator. “A consult to cardiac education is initiated by providers and nurses to ensure all measures are met prior to discharge. Patients are provided specific heat failure education and an individualized treatment plan.”

AnnMarie Swanson, DNP, CLS, nurse practitioner, concurs.

“We have a dedicated inpatient Cardiology team collaborating with both inpatient and outpatient providers creating a seamless transition after discharge,” according to Swanson. “One of our areas of focus  is using a multi-disciplinary team approach to ensure proper care transition after discharge, which ultimately reduces re-admission to the hospital.”


About Get With The Guidelines

Get With The Guidelines® is the American Heart Association/American Stroke Association’s hospital-based quality improvement program that provides hospitals with the latest research-based guidelines. Developed with the goal of saving lives and hastening recovery, Get With The Guidelines has touched the lives of more than six million patients since 2001. For more information, visit

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