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Piedmont Earns National Recognition for Efforts to Improve Cardiovascular Treatment

Atlanta (Oct. 4, 2021)— Piedmont has received 45 American Heart Association Achievement Awards for implementing quality improvement measures that ensure cardiovascular patients receive efficient and coordinated care, ultimately leading to more lives saved, shorter recovery times and fewer returns to the hospital.

Nearly half of all adults in the United States have experienced some form of cardiovascular disease – including heart attack, stroke and heart failure. For patients with conditions that are severe enough to be transported or admitted to a hospital, time is critical.

The American Heart Association’s Mission: Lifeline and Get With The Guidelines programs help reduce barriers to prompt treatment for cardiovascular events. As a participant in Mission: Lifeline and Get With The Guidelines programs, Piedmont hospitals applied for the award recognitions by demonstrating how its organization has committed to improving quality care for patients.

“Piedmont is honored to be recognized by the American Heart Association for our dedication in helping our patients have the best possible chance of survival and recovery after cardiovascular events -- and the results demonstrate our commitment to providing high-quality care close to home,” said Charles L. Brown, M.D., CEO of  Piedmont’s Physician Enterprise. “The Mission: Lifeline and Get with the Guidelines programs help put proven knowledge and guidelines to work on a daily basis to improve outcomes for cardiovascular patients.”

This year, Piedmont hospitals received the following Achievement Awards:

  • Get With The Guidelines Stroke: Gold Plus Achievement
    • Piedmont Athens Regional Medical Center
    • Piedmont Atlanta Hospital
    • Piedmont Cartersville Medical Center
    • Piedmont Columbus Regional - Midtown
    • Piedmont Macon Medical Center
    • Piedmont Eastside Medical Center
    • Piedmont Fayette Hospital
    • Piedmont Henry Hospital
    • Piedmont Newnan Hospital
    • Piedmont Newton Hospital
    • Piedmont Rockdale Hospital
  • Get With The Guidelines Heart Failure: Gold Plus Achievement
    • Piedmont Fayette Hospital
  • Mission Lifelife: STEMI: Gold Plus Receiving
    • Piedmont Coliseum Medical Center
  • Mission Lifeline: NSTEMI: Gold
    • Piedmont Macon Medical Center
  • Get With The Guidelines Stroke: Silver Plus Achievement
    • Piedmont Macon North Hospital
    • Piedmont Mountainside Hospital
    • Piedmont Walton Hospital
  • Get With The Guidelines Heart Failure: Silver Plus Achievement
    • Piedmont Athens Regional Medical Center
  • Target: Stroke: Honor Roll-Elite Plus
    • Piedmont Macon Medical Center
    • Piedmont Fayette Hospital
    • Piedmont Henry Hospital
  • Target: Stroke: Honor Roll-Elite
    • Piedmont Athens Regional Medical Center
    • Piedmont Atlanta Hospital
    • Piedmont Cartersville Medical Center
    • Piedmont Eastside Medical Center
    • Piedmont Newnan Hospital
  • Target: Stroke: Honor Roll
    • Piedmont Columbus Regional - Midtown
    • Piedmont Newton Hospital
    • Piedmont Rockdale Hospital
    • Piedmont Walton Hospital
  • Target: Stroke: Honor Roll-Advanced Therapy
    • Piedmont Atlanta Hospital
  • Target Stroke: Type 2 Diabetes Honor Roll
    • Piedmont Athens Regional Medical Center
    • Piedmont Atlanta Hospital
    • Piedmont Cartersville Medical Center
    • Piedmont Macon Medical Center
    • Piedmont Columbus Regional - Midtown
    • Piedmont Eastside Medical Center
    • Piedmont Fayette Hospital
    • Piedmont Henry Hospital
    • Piedmont Mountainside Hospital
    • Piedmont Newnan Hospital
    • Piedmont Newton Hospital
    • Piedmont Rockdale Hospital
    • Piedmont Walton Hospital
  • Target: Heart Failure
    • Piedmont Athens Regional Medical Center

“We are pleased to recognize Piedmont for their commitment to cardiovascular care,” said Lee H. Schwamm, M.D., national chairperson of the American Heart Association’s Quality Oversight Committee and Executive Vice Chair of Neurology, Director of Acute Stroke Services, Massachusetts General Hospital, Boston, Massachusetts. “Research has shown that hospitals adhering to clinical measures through the American Heart Association’s quality improvement programs often see fewer readmissions and lower mortality rates.”

About Piedmont

Piedmont empowers Georgians to connect with safe and high-quality care, conveniently, every step of the way. Our promise is to make a positive difference in every life we touch and today we are creating a destination known for the best clinicians and a safe one-of-a-kind experience that always puts patients first. Founded in 1905, we are a private, not-for-profit organization with almost 28,000 employees caring for 2.7 million patients across 800 locations and serving communities that comprise 80 percent of Georgia’s population. Piedmont provides safe, convenient and high-quality care across 16 hospitals, 39 Piedmont Urgent Care centers, 25 QuickCare locations, 1,875 Piedmont Clinic physician practices and more than 2,700 Piedmont Clinic members. In 2019, Forbes listed us as one of the Top10 Employers in Georgia, Piedmont became Great Place to Work-Certified™, which was repeated in 2020. In FY 2020, Piedmont provided $466.3 million in uncompensated care and community benefit programming to the communities we serve. For more information, visit piedmont.org.

About Mission: Lifeline

The American Heart Association’s Mission: Lifeline program helps hospitals and emergency medical services develop systems of care that follow proven standards and procedures for STEMI patients. The program works by mobilizing teams across the continuum of care to implement American Heart Association/American College of Cardiology Foundation clinical treatment guidelines.  For more information, visit heart.org.

 

About Get With The Guidelines

Get With The Guidelines® is the American Heart Association/American Stroke Association’s hospital-based quality improvement program that provides hospitals with the latest research-based guidelines. Developed with the goal of saving lives and hastening recovery, Get With The Guidelines has touched the lives of more than 9 million patients since 2001. For more information, visit heart.org.

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