HCA Virginia May 19, 2016

John Randolph Medical Center Receives Quality Achievement Awards from American Heart Association for Stroke, Heart Failure Care

Richmond, Va. (May 13, 2016) – HCA Virginia’s John Randolph Medical Center has received the American Heart Association/American Stroke Association’s Get With The Guidelines Stroke Gold Plus and Heart Failure Gold Plus Quality Achievement Awards.

The awards recognize the hospital’s commitment and success in ensuring stroke and heart failure patients receive the most appropriate treatment according to nationally recognized, research-based guidelines based on the latest scientific evidence. This marks the sixth consecutive year that John Randolph has earned the recognition for heart failure care.

“These awards further demonstrate our commitment to delivering advanced stroke and heart failure treatments to patients quickly and safely,” said Suzanne Jackson, chief executive officer of John Randolph Medical Center. “We continue to strive for excellence in the acute treatment of these patients. The recognition from the American Heart Association and American Stroke Association further reinforces our team’s hard work.”

To receive the Gold Plus Quality Achievement Award, hospitals must achieve 85 percent or higher adherence to all Get With The Guidelines achievement indicators for two or more consecutive 12-month periods and achieved 75 percent or higher compliance with five of eight Get With The Guidelines Quality measures.

These quality measures are designed to help hospital teams provide the most up-to-date, evidence-based guidelines with the goal of speeding recovery and reducing death and disability for stroke and heart failure patients. They focus on appropriate use of guideline-based care for patients, including aggressive use of medications such as clot-busting and anti-clotting drugs, blood thinners and cholesterol-reducing drugs, preventive action for deep vein thrombosis and smoking cessation counseling.

According to the American Heart Association/American Stroke Association, stroke is the number five cause of death and a leading cause of adult disability in the United States. On average, someone suffers a stroke every 40 seconds; someone dies of a stroke every four minutes; and 795,000 people suffer a new or recurrent stroke each year.

In addition, about 5.7 million adults in the United States suffer from heart failure, with the number expected to rise to eight million by 2030. 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 lead a full, enjoyable life when their condition is managed with proper medications or devices and with healthy lifestyle changes.

Get With The Guidelines is the American Heart Association/American Stroke Association’s hospital-based quality improvement program that provides hospitals with the latest research-based guidelines. The program was developed with the goal of saving lives and hastening recovery. For more information, visit heart.org/quality or heart.org/QualityMap.