Aurora BayCare honored for heart failure care
Wed, Sep 2, 2020
GREEN BAY – Aurora BayCare Medical Center has been recognized by the American Heart Association/American Stroke Association for its high-quality care of heart failure patients.
The hospital recently earned a Get With The Guidelines®-Heart Failure Gold Plus with Honor Roll award.
Aurora BayCare earned the award by meeting specific quality achievement measures for the diagnosis and treatment of heart failure patients. These measures include evaluation of the proper use of medications and aggressive risk-reduction therapies. Before being discharged, heart failure patients also receive guidance on continuing care, including education on managing their heart failure and overall health and scheduling a follow-up visit.
“Aurora BayCare is dedicated to improving the quality of care for our heart failure patients by implementing and adhering to the Get With The Guidelines heart failure initiative,” said Dr. Scott Weslow, an interventional cardiologist with Aurora BayCare and medical director for the hospital’s heart catheterization lab. “It really has been a team effort to provide this level of care for our patients and their families.”
Heart failure patients at Aurora BayCare often are treated at the hospital’s Comprehensive Heart Failure Clinic. Team members – cardiologists, cardiac rehab specialists, nurse practitioners, palliative care specialists and others – provide a continuing support system for patients.
Congestive heart failure is a condition that results in fluid buildup in the lungs and body. Factors that lead to congestive heart failure include coronary artery blockages, high blood pressure, a weak heart muscle or other heart conditions.
Symptoms of congestive heart failure include swelling in the legs and progressive shortness of breath that eventually includes shortness of breath at rest or while lying down. Other symptoms include a dry cough often mistaken for bronchitis or pneumonia.
“We are pleased to recognize Aurora BayCare Medical Center for their commitment to heart failure care,” said Dr. Lee H. Schwamm, national chairperson of the quality oversight committee and executive vice chair of neurology and director of acute stroke services at Massachusetts General Hospital in Boston. “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.”
Additional heart care award
Aurora BayCare also earned the American College of Cardiology’s National Cardiovascular Data Registry 2020 Chest Pain – MI Registry Platinum Performance Achievement Award.
The award recognizes Aurora BayCare’s “hard work and commitment to delivering the highest quality in cardiovascular care to transform heart health.”
To earn the recognition, Aurora BayCare had to demonstrate sustained achievement in the Chest Pain ̶ MI Registry for two consecutive years (2018 and 2019) and perform at the highest level for specific performance measures.
About Aurora BayCare
Aurora BayCare Medical Center is a 167-bed, full-service tertiary care hospital located at 2845 Greenbrier Road on Green Bay’s east side. It opened in September 2001 as a joint venture of Aurora Health Care and BayCare Clinic. Aurora BayCare is committed to creating a better way to provide high-quality tertiary health care, the latest in medical technology and superior service.
About Aurora Health Care
Aurora Health Care is a not-for-profit Wisconsin-area health care provider and a national leader in efforts to improve health care quality. Aurora offers services at sites in more than 90 communities throughout eastern Wisconsin and northern Illinois. Aurora is Wisconsin’s most comprehensive health care provider and the state’s largest private employer. Aurora serves more than 1.2 million patients every year via a comprehensive network of facilities, services and providers, including 15 hospitals, 159 clinics, 70 pharmacies and 30,000 amazing caregivers. As evidenced by more than 400 active clinical trials, Aurora is dedicated to delivering innovations to provide the best possible care today, and to define the best care for tomorrow. Get helpful health and wellness information via the Aurora MyHealth blog, our Facebook page, our Twitter account and our Pinterest account.
About BayCare Clinic
BayCare Clinic, baycare.net, is the largest physician-owned specialty-care clinic in northeastern Wisconsin and Michigan’s Upper Peninsula. It is based in Green Bay, Wisconsin. BayCare Clinic offers expertise in more than 20 specialties, with more than 100 physicians serving in 16 area communities. BayCare Clinic is a joint partner in Aurora BayCare Medical Center, a 167-bed, full-service hospital. Follow BayCare Clinic on Facebook and Twitter.