Four QHR Hospital Clients Recognized for Cardiac, Stroke Quality Initiatives

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Four QHR hospital clients have been recognized with American Heart Association/American Stroke Association "Get With The Guidelines" awards for 2009. Parkview Medical Center in Pueblo, Colo., was recognized with both a Gold Sustained Performance Award and a Silver Annual Performance Award. Other winners in the Gold Sustained Performance Award category included Community Medical Center in Scranton, Penn.; North Hawaii Community Hospital in Kamuela, Hawaii; and Sparks Health System in Fort Smith, Ark.

Parkview is proud to again be recognized as an AHA/ASA 'Get with the Guidelines' award recipient for both Coronary Artery Disease and Stroke Care. Receiving these awards validates the commitment of the both the Parkview staff and Pueblo physicians in utilizing the latest evidence based guidelines in providing patient care

Quorum Health Resources (QHR), the nation's largest hospital management company, announced today that four of its hospital clients have been recognized with American Heart Association/American Stroke Association "Get With The Guidelines" awards for 2009. Parkview Medical Center in Pueblo, Colo., was recognized with both a Gold Sustained Performance Award and a Silver Annual Performance Award. Other winners in the Gold Sustained Performance Award category included Community Medical Center in Scranton, Penn.; North Hawaii Community Hospital in Kamuela, Hawaii; and Sparks Health System in Fort Smith, Ark.

"The commitment these hospitals have made to providing quality, leading edge care to heart and stroke patients is commendable," said Quorum Health Resources President and CEO James L. Horrar. "At QHR, we help our hospital clients implement and measure quality initiatives each and every day. To see these four hospitals recognized for their tremendous efforts is gratifying."

"Parkview is proud to again be recognized as an AHA/ASA 'Get with the Guidelines' award recipient for both Coronary Artery Disease and Stroke Care. Receiving these awards validates the commitment of the both the Parkview staff and Pueblo physicians in utilizing the latest evidence based guidelines in providing patient care," said Parkview Medical Center CEO Mike Baxter.

"Get With The Guidelines" is an evidence-based program for in-hospital quality improvement. It puts the expertise of the American Heart Association and American Stroke Association to work for hospitals, helping ensure that the care they provide to coronary artery disease, stroke and heart failure patients is aligned with the latest scientific guidelines. Established in 2000, more than 1,490 U.S. hospitals have implemented "Get With The Guidelines."

According to the American Heart Association, the "Get With The Guidelines" Silver Performance Award is conferred on hospitals that have achieved 12 consecutive months of 85 percent adherence to performance measures, while the Gold Performance Award is awarded to those that have achieved 24 or more consecutive months of 85 percent adherence to performance measures. There is also a Bronze Performance Award, which is given to hospitals that have achieved 90 consecutive days of 85 percent adherence to performance measures.

QHR (Quorum Health Resources) has provided consulting, management and education resources to hospitals and health systems for three decades. QHR is the national market leader in hospital management and among the 15 largest healthcare management consulting firms in the United States. The QHR Learning Institute trains more than 8,000 healthcare professionals each year. For more information, go to http://www.qhr.com.

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