Maui Memorial Medical Center Leads State Again in Heart and Stroke Awards
Maui Memorial Medical Center (MMMC) has once again earned the highly-distinguished Gold Plus Quality Achievement Awards from American Heart Association and American Stroke Association’s Get With The Guidelines® program, and will be featured in U.S. News and World Report “Best Hospitals 2019” issue.
The awards recognize Maui Memorial Medical Center’s commitment and success in implementing a high standard of heart failure and stroke care by ensuring that these patients receive treatment that meets nationally accepted, evidence-based standards and recommendations.
MMMC is the only hospital in the state of Hawaiʻi to earn the highest recognition for heart failure care for 2019, achieving both the Gold Plus award as well as Target: Heart Failure Honor Roll.
MMMC also received recognition for the associations’ Stroke Honor Roll, earning “Elite” status in the category.
- Hospital representatives say MMMC has consistently been awarded Gold or higher ranking for past nine years.
American Heart Association Get With The Guidelines®-Heart Failure is a quality improvement program that helps hospital teams follow the most up-to-date, research-based standards with the goal of speeding recovery and reducing hospital readmissions for heart failure patients.
Launched in 2005, numerous published studies have demonstrated the program’s success in achieving patient outcome improvements, including reductions in 30-day readmissions.
MMMC earned the award by meeting specific quality achievement measures for the diagnosis and treatment of heart failure patients. These measures include evaluation of the patient, proper use of medications and aggressive risk-reduction therapies. Before patients are discharged, they also receive education on managing their heart failure and overall health, get a follow-up visit scheduled, as well as other care transition interventions.
Target: Heart Failure is an initiative that provides hospitals with educational tools, prevention programs and treatment guidelines designed to reduce the risk of heart failure patients ending up back in the hospital. Hospitals are required to meet criteria that improves medication adherence, provides early follow-up care and coordination and enhances patient education. The goal is to reduce hospital readmissions and help patients improve their quality of life in managing this chronic condition.