Overlake Nationally Recognized by American Heart Association for Heart Failure and Stroke Care

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With some 6 million U.S. adults living with heart failure and with stroke being the fifth-leading cause of disability across the country, effective treatment is essential for people experiencing these two serious conditions. Overlake Medical Center & Clinics has demonstrated its commitment to helping improve patient outcomes by consistently following treatment guidelines—earning the American Heart Association’s Get With The Guidelines® - Heart Failure Gold Plus and Get With The Guidelines® - Stroke Gold Plus quality achievement awards, among others.

Get With The Guidelines puts the expertise of the American Heart Association and American Stroke Association to work for hospitals nationwide, helping to ensure patient care is aligned with the latest evidence- and research-based guidelines.

The Get With The Guidelines - Heart Failure and Stroke programs aim to increase healthy days at home and reduce hospital readmissions for heart failure patients, specifically, and minimize the long-term effects of a stroke and even prevent death.

Each year, program participants qualify for this recognition by demonstrating how their organization is committed to providing quality care for its patients. In addition to following treatment guidelines, Get With The Guidelines participants also provide education to patients to help them manage their symptoms at home.

“Hospitals that participate in Get With The Guidelines quality improvement programs often see better patient outcomes, fewer readmissions and lower mortality rates – a win for health care systems, families and communities,” said Clyde W. Yancy, M.D., MSc, MACC, FAHA, MACP, FHFSA, national chairperson of the American Heart Association Heart Failure systems of care advisory group and chief, division of cardiology at Northwestern University, Feinberg School of Medicine.

Overlake Medical Center & Clinics is also recognized on the American Heart Association’s Target: Heart FailureSM Honor Roll. Hospitals on the Honor Roll meet specific criteria highlighting improvement in medication adherence, providing early follow-up care and coordination, and enhancement of patient education. The goal is to further reduce hospital readmissions and help patients improve their quality of life in managing this chronic condition.  

Additionally, Overlake received the American Heart Association’s Target: Type 2 Diabetes Honor Roll™ award, which works to ensure patients with Type 2 diabetes, who might be at higher risk for complications, receive the most up-to-date, evidence-based care when hospitalized due to heart disease or stroke.