Our Lady Lourdes Earns Award for Treatment of Heart Failure Patients


CAMDEN, NJ— Our Lady of Lourdes Medical Center has received a top American Heart Association award for its treatment of heart failure patients.

The health system announced yesterday that it received the American Heart Association’s Get With The Guidelines®-Heart Failure Bronze Quality Achievement Award. The award recognizes the hospital’s commitment to ensuring heart failure patients receive the most appropriate treatment according to nationally recognized, research-based guidelines founded in the latest scientific evidence.

"Lourdes is dedicated to improving the quality of care for our heart failure patients by implementing the American Heart Association’s Get With The Guidelines-HF initiative,” said Theresa Rowe, director, Heart Failure, Lourdes Health System. “The tools and resources provided help us track and measure our success in meeting evidence-based clinical guidelines developed to improve patient outcomes.”

The goal of the American Heart Association’s Get With The Guidelines®-Heart Failure is speeding recovery and reducing hospital readmissions for heart failure patients. Lourdes earned the designation by meeting specific measures for the diagnosis and treatment of heart failure patients at a set level over a period of time.

“We are pleased to recognize Lourdes for its commitment to heart failure care,” said Eric E. Smith, M.D., national chairman of the Get With The Guidelines Steering Committee and an associate professor of neurology at the University of Calgary in Alberta, Canada. “Research has shown that hospitals adhering to clinical measures through the Get With The Guidelines quality improvement initiative can often see fewer readmissions and lower mortality rates.”

According to the American Heart Association, more than 6.5 million adults in the United States are living with heart failure. 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.