Get With The Guidelines

Cardiac care at Holston Valley earns distinction from the American Heart Association

Holston Valley Medical Center’s broad array of high-quality cardiac services continues to earn national recognition, reinforcing its status as a leader in health care.

The hospital recently received the American Heart Association’s Get with the Guidelines gold achievement award for heart failure care and the American College of Cardiology Foundation’s NCDR ACTION Registry – GWTG Platinum Performance Achievement Award.

Get With The Guidelines helps ensure consistent application of American Heart Association and American Stroke Association guidelines for patient treatment. The goal of this program is to improve outcomes by encouraging best practices and optimized treatment of heart failure, heart attack and stroke patients.

The gold award for heart failure care celebrates the Holston Valley for having 85 percent or higher adherence to Get With The Guidelines treatment guidelines in key areas for at least two consecutive 12-month periods. Patients have achieved desirable outcomes through the heart institute's HeartSUCCESS® program. It's a comprehensive program to manage heart failure, which affects more than 5 million Americans and 30 million people worldwide.

The Platinum Performance signifies Holston Valley has reached an aggressive goal of treating heart attack patients to standard levels of care as outlined by the American College of Cardiology/American Heart Association clinical guidelines and recommendations.

To receive the ACTION Registry–GWTG Platinum Performance Achievement Award, Holston Valley consistently followed the treatment guidelines in the ACTION Registry–GWTG Premier for eight consecutive quarters. They also met a performance standard of 90 percent for specific performance measures.

The honor comes on the heels of several other high-level accolades for Holston Valley’s cardiac care, including its 2015 designation as one of the top 100 hospitals in the nation for medical excellence in cardiac care and heart attack treatment from CareChex®, a division of Comparion that evaluates hospitals on multiple components of quality. The hospital was also ranked in the top 10 percent of hospitals nationally for medical excellence in cancer care and women’s health, and was No. 1 in the Tri-Cities for medical excellence in spinal fusion.