Holyoke Medical Center Recognized for Quality Cardiac and Stroke Care

HOLYOKE — The American Heart Assoc. and American Stroke Assoc. are recognizing Holyoke Medical Center for its performance in treating cardiac and stroke patients using the association’s Get with the Guidelines program.

GWTG is a hospital-based quality-improvement program designed to ensure that hospitals consistently care for cardiac and stroke patients following the most up-to-date guidelines and recommendations. The program provides three modules that address coronary artery disease, heart failure, and stroke. Currently more than 1,450 hospitals use one or more GWTG modules.

Upon meeting each module’s criteria, hospitals are recognized if at least 85{06cf2b9696b159f874511d23dbc893eb1ac83014175ed30550cfff22781411e5} of their cardiac or stroke patients are treated and discharged according to AHA/ASA recommendations.

“The American Heart Assoc. is pleased to recognize its top Get with the Guidelines participants,” said Dr. Gregg Fonarow, national chairman of the GWTG steering committee and director of the Ahmanson-UCLA Cardiomyopathy Cent-er. “The program makes it easier for hospitals like Holyoke Medical Center to provide appropriate, evidence-based care and ultimately improve the quality of life and help reduce the number of deaths in these heart and stroke patients.”

Holyoke joined 518 hospitals featured in an advertisement in the recent “America’s Best Hospitals” issue of U.S. News & World Report.

“We are proud that the American Heart Assoc. and American Stroke Assoc. have chosen this issue of U.S. News & World Report to recognize Holyoke Medical Center for our achievements in their Get with the Guidelines program,” said HMC Stroke Program Clinical Manager Angela Smith. “Get with the Guidelines gives our professionals the tools and reports they need to effectively treat our coronary heart disease, heart failure, and stroke patients.”

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