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St. Clare Hospital earned national recognition this month for improving prevention guidelines for patients with heart failure.

St. Clare Hospital has received national recognition for treating patients with heart failure.

The Baraboo health care center this month earned the Get With The Guidelines – Heart Failure Gold Plus Quality Achievement Award for implementing specific quality improvement measures outlined by the American Heart Association/American College of Cardiology Foundation’s secondary prevention guidelines for patients with heart failure.

The reconition marks the second year that St. Clare Hospital has been recognized with a quality achievement award.

“St. Clare Hospital is dedicated to improving the quality of care for our heart failure patients, and implementing the American Heart Association’s Get With The Guidelines – Heart Failure program helps us to accomplish this goal by tracking and measuring our success in meeting internationally respected guidelines,” St. Clare Hospital President Laura Jelle said.

Get With The Guidelines – Heart Failure is a quality improvement program that helps hospital teams follow up-to-date, research-based standards. Its purpose is to speed recovery and reduce hospital readmissions for heart failure patients.

About 5.7 million adults in the United States suffer from heart failure, and the number is expected to rise to 8 million by 2030, according to the American Heart Association. Statistics show that each year about 870,000 new cases are diagnosed and about 50 percent of those diagnosed will die within five years. However, many heart failure patients can still lead a full, enjoyable life when their condition is managed with proper medications or devices, along with healthy lifestyle changes.

St. Clare Hospital earned the award by meeting specific quality achievement measures for the diagnosis and treatment of heart failure patients. The measures include evaluation of the patient, proper use of medications and aggressive risk-reduction therapies, such as ACE inhibitors/ARBs, beta blockers, diuretics, anticoagulants and other therapies.

Before patients are discharged, they also receive education on managing their heart failure and overall health and are scheduled for a follow-up visit.

“We are pleased to recognize St. Clare Hospital 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.”

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Baraboo News Republic Reporter