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Texas Health Dallas Receives Double Honor from American Heart Association
07/21/2009

DALLAS — Texas Health Presbyterian Hospital Dallas has been recognized by the American Heart Association for providing quality, evidence-based care for coronary artery disease and heart failure.

Dr. James Park is an interventional cardiologist on the medical staff at Texas Health Dallas and medical director of the hospital’s cardiac catheterization laboratory.

James Park, M.D.

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“This is another example of the dedication and commitment in providing stellar quality heart and vascular care to the Dallas community by physicians, nursing, allied health professionals and administration,” said Jon Gardner, administrative director of the Heart & Vascular service line at Texas Health Dallas. “This is a milestone in the history of Texas Health Dallas.”

Texas Health Dallas received the two medals as part of the AHA’s “Get With The GuidelinesSM” program, which recognizes top-level cardiac and stroke care in the United States.

Last year, the AHA recognized Texas Health Dallas for providing quality, evidence-based care to coronary artery disease (CAD) patients. This year, Texas Health Dallas is one of the only Dallas-based hospitals recognized in multiple categories. Honored medical centers are featured in an advertisement in this year’s “America’s Best Hospitals” issue of US News & World Report.

The Get With The Guidelines program is a hospital-based quality-improvement program by the AHA and American Stroke Association designed to ensure that hospitals consistently care for cardiac and stroke patients with the latest guidelines and recommendations. The program provides three modules that address coronary artery disease, heart failure and stroke.

Upon meeting each module’s criteria, hospitals are recognized if at least 85 percent of their cardiac or stroke patients are treated and discharged according to the American Heart Association/American Stroke Association’s recommendations.

“This program is about consistently treating patients according to the most up-to-date guidelines, which helps ensure better outcomes,” said Dr. James Park, an interventional cardiologist on the medical staff at Texas Health Dallas and medical director of the hospital’s cardiac catheterization laboratory. “This award recognizes that we’re providing a high level of care to our patients — and that we’re doing it consistently. We’re honored by the recognition, but we’re most proud that we’re continually challenging ourselves to improve and continually working to make health care better for our patients.”

Dr. Gregg C. Fonarow, chairman of the Get With the Guidelines program and director of the Ahmanson-UCLA Cardiomyopathy Center, said as many as 80,000 lives could be saved annually if just the coronary artery disease module, for which Texas Health Dallas was recognized for consistent achievement, was implemented nationwide.

“This program makes it easier for hospitals like Texas Health Dallas to provide appropriate evidence-based care,” Fonarow said, “and ultimately improve the quality of life of patients and improve outcomes.”

Coronary artery disease and heart failure remain the leading cause of morbidity and mortality in both men and women in the United States, according to the AHA.

"Patients hospitalized with a cardiovascular event are at particularly high risk for recurrent events, hospitalizations and cardiovascular death," said Dr. John Harper, a cardiologist on the Texas Health Dallas medical staff and medical director of the hospital's Congestive Heart Failure Unit. "This program was developed to provide hospitals with a systematic approach to measure and improve the quality of care."

The program includes evidence-based tools to ensure treatments are initiated and patients discharged on appropriate medications and with risk modification counseling, according to Fonarow. The initiative uses a Web-based patient management tool and collaborative learning sessions in which hospital teams exchange best practices and learn rapid cycle improvement strategies.

About Texas Health Presbyterian Hospital Dallas
Texas Health Presbyterian Hospital Dallas is an 866-bed acute care hospital and recognized clinical program leader, having provided compassionate care to the residents of Dallas and surrounding communities since 1966. US News and World Report has ranked Texas Health Dallas among the nation’s best hospitals in digestive disorders, orthopedics, and neurology and neurosurgery. An affiliate of the faith-based, nonprofit Texas Health Resources system, Texas Health Dallas has approximately 4,000 employees and an active medical staff of more than 1,000 physicians. For more information, call 1-877-THR-WELL, or visit www.TexasHealth.org.

 

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