Newton-Wellesley Hospital is featured in a special advertisement in this month's "America's Best Hospitals" issue of "US News & World Report" to commemorate the institution's receipt of the "Get With The Guidelines" Triple Gold Performance Achievement Award.
The American Heart Association/ American Stroke Association awards were given for achievement in coronary artery disease, stroke and/or heart failure treatment. Newton-Wellesley is the only hospital in Eastern Massachusetts that has been recognized with Gold in all three clinical areas.
Hospitals recognized in each category achieve at least 85 percent compliance to Get With The Guidelines measures. Those achieving 85 percent compliance for 24 consecutive months receive the Gold Performance Achievement Award, with the Silver Performance Achievement Award going to those with 85 percent compliance for 12 consecutive months. Special recognition is also given for those hospitals achieving 85 percent compliance in two or all three categories and/or for being in 75 percent compliance with heart failure and/or stroke measures.
Get With The Guidelines 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 addresses coronary artery disease, heart failure and stroke. Currently more than 1,400 hospitals participate in the program.
"We are dedicated to making our care for heart disease and stroke patients among the best in the country. We will continue in our efforts to build off the success achieved with continued implementation of this valuable program," said Joel Rubenstein, MD, Chief of Cardiology, Newton-Wellesley Hospital. "Get With The Guidelines makes it easier for our professionals to improve the long-term outcomes of our cardiac and stroke patients, and we are pleased to be recognized for our dedication and achievements."