Medical Center Receives Award for Treatment of Heart Failure Patients

By Scott Gilbert, Penn State

HERSHEY – Penn State Milton S. Hershey Medical Center recently received the 2012 Get With The Guidelines–Heart Failure Gold Quality Achievement Award from the American Heart Association.

The recognition signifies that Penn State Hershey has reached an aggressive goal of treating heart failure patients with 85 percent compliance for at least two years to core standard levels of care as outlined by the American Heart Association/American College of Cardiology secondary prevention guidelines for heart failure patients.

Last year, the Medical Center was recognized at the silver level. Get With The Guidelines is a quality improvement initiative that provides hospital staff with tools that follow proven evidence-based guidelines and procedures in caring for heart failure patients to prevent future hospitalizations.

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