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COVINA, Calif. ― Emanate Health’s three hospitals—Inter-Community Hospital (ICH) in Covina, Queen of the Valley Hospital (QVH) in West Covina and Foothill Presbyterian Hospital (FPH) in Glendora—have received awards from the American Heart Association (AHA)/American Stroke Association (ASA) recognizing their commitment to ensuring heart failure and stroke patients receive the most appropriate treatment according to nationally recognized, research-based guidelines founded in the latest scientific evidence.
“Emanate Health maintains an unrelenting drive for excellence, quality and safety, and strives to continually improve all that we do,” said President & CEO Rob Curry. “With guidance from the American Heart Association and the American Stroke Association, we’re tracking and measuring our success in meeting evidenced-based clinical guidelines developed to improve patient outcomes.”
ICH received the AHA’s Get With The Guidelines®-Heart Failure Gold Quality Achievement Award, while QVH earned the silver-level award. The hospitals received the awards by meeting specific quality achievement measures for the diagnosis and treatment of heart failure patients at a set level for a designated period.
“We are pleased to recognize Emanate Health for their commitment to heart failure and stroke care,” said Lee H. Schwamm, M.D., national chairperson of the Quality Oversight Committee and Executive Vice Chair of Neurology, Director of Acute Stroke Services, Massachusetts General Hospital. “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.”
In addition, the stroke program at QVH has received the AHA/ASA’s Get With The Guidelines® Target: Stroke Honor Roll Elite Gold Plus Quality Achievement Award, while FPH earned the silver-level award. The hospitals received the awards by meeting specific quality achievement measures for the diagnosis and treatment of stroke patients at a set level for a designated period.
Achievement measures for both heart failure and stroke treatment includes the evaluation of the proper use of medications and education on the treatments aligned with the most up-to-date evidence-based guidelines. Before discharge, patients should also receive education on managing their health condition, get a follow-up visit scheduled, as well as other care transition interventions. These practices are aimed to speed up recovery, reduce hospital readmissions and reduce disability and death.
According to the AHA, 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. Stroke is the No. 5 cause of death and a leading cause of adult disability in the United States. On average, someone in the U.S. suffers a stroke every 40 seconds and nearly 795,000 people suffer a new or recurrent stroke each year.
The Emanate Health comprehensive cardiovascular services, includes one of the most extensive open-heart surgery programs in the San Gabriel Valley. It is also an officially designated ST Elevation Myocardial Infarction (STEMI) Receiving Center (SRC), and performs more STEMI’s then any other hospital in the region with documented best transfer time’s door to balloon in Los Angeles County. Today, more than 1,900 procedures are performed annually in Emanate Health Cardiac Catheterization Labs and more than 200 open heart surgery cases are successfully completed each year. We have also launched and have had successful outcomes with our Structural Heart Program, which includes the TAVR and MitraClip procedures. These programs allow regional patients to receive advanced care and therapies close to home.
The Emanate Health stroke program at QVH is a Joint Commission-certified Primary Stroke Center with an established Neuroscience Unit. Evidence-based stroke protocols are followed by a multidisciplinary team in managing the care of patients along the continuum of service delivery. The center will ensure continuity and coordination of care of all stroke patients. FPH is a Joint Commission-certified Acute Stroke-Ready Hospital, a certification that recognizes hospitals that have met standards to support better outcomes for stroke care as part of a stroke system of care. ICH has implemented the “Drip and Ship” model of care for acute ischemic stroke patients—a model that involves the use of a telemedicine unit to allow a stroke teleneurologist to provide a prompt examination of the patient, and order thrombolytic therapy when indicated.
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 tools and resources to increase adherence to 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 6 million patients since 2001. For more information, visit heart.org.
About Emanate Health
Emanate Health, www.emanatehealth.org, is the largest nonprofit health care provider serving the one million residents of the San Gabriel Valley in California. The system provides specialized care in Behavioral Health, Cancer, Cardiovascular, Emergency, Neuroscience and Stroke, Orthopedics, Sports Medicine, and Women’s Health. Its family of hospitals and hospice include Emanate Health Foothill Presbyterian in Glendora, Emanate Health Inter-Community in Covina, and Emanate Health Queen of the Valley in West Covina, Emanate Health Hospice and Emanate Health Home Care in West Covina, as well as other clinics throughout the region. Year after year the health care system has been voted “Best Hospital” and “Best Place to Work” and providers are consistently among the “Top Doctors” in Los Angeles County and hospitals are graded A for Patient Safety by The Leapfrog Group. Visit emanatehealth.org, our Newsroom and connect with us on LinkedIn │Twitter │ Instagram │ Facebook.