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St. Vincent’s Riverside and Southside Recognized Again by American Heart Association for Excellence in Heart Failure Care

St. Vincent’s Riverside and Southside, ministries of Ascension, the nation’s largest Catholic and non-profit healthcare system, have again earned the Get With The Guidelines® --Heart Failure Gold-Plus Quality Achievement Award from the American Heart Association, the highest such honor.

Get With The Guidelines-Heart Failure is a quality improvement program that helps hospital teams follow the most up-to-date, research-based standards with the goal of speeding recovery and reducing hospital readmissions for heart failure patients.

“For years now, St. Vincent’s market-leading cardiology program has been recognized with this prestigious distinction,” said St. Vincent’s System Chief Operating Officer Tom VanOsdol. “Our medical staff works tirelessly to provide high-quality, state-of-the-art cardiovascular care in a loving, compassionate way that honors the legacy of the Daughters of Charity and truly sets us apart.”

St. Vincent’s Riverside & Southside earned the award by meeting specific quality achievement measures for the diagnosis and treatment of heart failure patients.

“We are pleased to recognize St. Vincent’s Riverside and Southside for their commitment to heart failure care,” said Paul Heidenreich, M.D., M.S., national chairman of the Get With The Guidelines Steering Committee and Professor of Medicine at Stanford University. “Research has shown there are benefits to patients who are treated at hospitals that have adopted the Get With The Guidelines program. Get With the Guidelines research has demonstrated the impact of lowering 30-day readmissions and reducing mortality rates.”

In addition to following Get With The Guidelines–Heart Failure treatment guidelines, St. Vincent’s offers patients a comprehensive heart failure clinic. It provides education for patients and families to help them manage their disease during hospitalization and after discharge. The goal is to provide patients with the tools they need to take control of their condition so they can live long, productive lives.

Last fall, Ascension formed its national cardiovascular care service line, inclusive of St. Vincent’s Riverside and Southside, to ensure collaboration, effective practices and consistent programs that elevate patient outcomes across its sites of care in 24 states and Washington, D.C.

According to the American Heart Association, about 5.7 million adults in the United States suffer from heart failure, with the number expected to rise to eight million by 2030. About half of those diagnosed with heart failure will die within five years. However, 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.

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