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Boston Medical Center recognised for implementing quality cardiac care

Boston University : 27 July, 2006  (Technical Article)
Boston Medical Center is one of 173 hospitals in the United States being recognized in the July 17 issue of US News & World Report by the American Heart Association
The American Heart Association’s GWTG program is a quality-improvement program that helps hospitals ensure that patients consistently receive cardiac care in accordance with the most up-to-date guidelines and recommendations.

GWTG’s Coronary Artery Disease module helps hospitals use evidence-based guidelines to treat their patients with coronary artery disease. Hospitals that continually meet or exceed the nationally accepted standards, or guidelines, improve their quality patient care by turning guidelines into lifelines.

Upon meeting criteria specific to the GWTG CAD module, hospitals are recognized for performance achievement if at least 85 percent of their cardiac patients (without contraindications) are treated and discharged according to the American Heart Association’s guidelines and recommendations. The American Heart Association’s ad recognizes Boston Medical Center’s performance achievement in cardiac care.

“GWTG is about saving lives. The American Heart Association wanted to recognize Boston Medical Center’s contribution to quality care in a publication such as US News & World Report, which focuses its July issue on the top performing hospitals in the nation. Boston Medical Center has implemented and maintained the appropriate standards of protocol in cardiac care for patients,” said Gregg C. Fonarow, MD, American Heart Association volunteer chairman for the national GWTG Steering Committee. “We are proud of Boston Medical Center’s efforts for implementing these lifesaving treatments.”

“Boston Medical Center is dedicated to making our patient care for heart patients among the best in the country, and the American Heart Association’s GWTG program is helping us accomplish that by making it easier for our professionals to improve the quality of care and long-term outcomes of our cardiac patients,” said George Philippides, MD, medical director of BMC’s Coronary Care Unit.
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