Chambersburg Hospital receives award for heart failure care

S. Ecenbarger
Friday, November 27, 2015

CHAMBERSBURG, Pa. (November 27, 2015) – Chambersburg Hospital’s cardiology services

have received the Get With The Guidelines®–Heart Failure Silver Quality Achievement Award

from the American Heart Association/American College of Cardiology Foundation for their

treatment of heart failure patients.

Chambersburg Hospital earned the award by meeting specific quality achievement measures.

These measures include proper use of medications and aggressive risk reduction therapies

such as cholesterol-lowering drugs, beta-blockers, ACE inhibitors, aspirin, diuretics and

anticoagulants while patients are in the hospital. Before patients are discharged, they also

receive education on managing their heart failure and overall health. 

“We are pleased to recognize Chambersburg Hospital for their commitment to heart failure

care,” said Deepak L. Bhatt, M.D., M.P.H., national chairman of the Get With The Guidelines

steering committee and Executive Director of Interventional Cardiovascular Programs at

Brigham and Women's Hospital and Professor of Medicine at Harvard Medical School. “Studies

have shown that hospitals that consistently follow Get With The Guidelines quality improvement

measures can reduce patients’ length of stays and 30-day readmission rates and also reduce

disparity gaps in care.”

According to the American Heart Association, 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.

Caption: Members of the Chambersburg Hospital cardiology services team are honored

with the Get With The Guidelines Heart Failure Silver Quality Achievement Award from

the American Heart Association/American College of Cardiology Foundation for their

treatment of heart failure patients.