The Get With the Guidelines Program is an evidence based hospital quality improvement program ensuring the care hospitals provide to coronary artery disease, stroke and heart failure patients aligns with the latest scientific guidelines. The award is given to hospital cardiovascular teams that deliver consistent, high quality care to cardiovascular patients following a STEMI. The quality of care is measured as achieving greater than 85% compliance in six categories:
- ACE/ARB at discharge for LVSD
- ASA at discharge
- BB at discharge
- Smoking Cessation Counseling
- Patients with LDL> 100 that receive lipid lowering drugs
- ASA within 24 hours of arrival
St. Mary’s Hospital and Pima Heart Physicians maintained this level of care over a two year period. Pam Borg-Jenson, American Heart Association Vice President of Quality Improvement, Pacific Mountain Division and Dot Walker, American Heart Association Executive Director, Southern Arizona presented the award to St. Mary’s Hospital and Pima Heart Physician at the Division Meeting on June 7, 2007.