Heart Hospital of New Mexico at Lovelace Medical Center and Lovelace Westside Hospital receive American Heart Association “Get With The Guidelines” Awards

ALBUQUERQUE – November 9, 2020 – Heart Hospital of New Mexico at Lovelace Medical Center (Heart Hospital) has received the American Heart Association’s Get With The Guidelines®-Heart Failure Gold Plus with Honor Roll Quality Achievement Award, the Get With The Guidelines® - Stroke GOLD PLUS with Honor Roll Elite and Target: Type 2 Diabetes Honor Roll, both for the eighth consecutive year. Lovelace Westside Hospital received American Heart Association’s Get With The Guidelines® - Stroke Silver with Target: Type 2 Diabetes.

The award recognizes the Heart Hospital’s   commitment to ensuring heart failure patients receive the most appropriate treatment according to nationally recognized, research-based guidelines based on the latest scientific evidence. The goal is speeding recovery and reducing hospital readmissions for heart failure patients.

“Heart Hospital is dedicated to improving the quality of care for our patients with heart failure by implementing the American Heart Association’s Get With The Guidelines-HF initiative,” said Denzil Ross, administrator for the Heart Hospital.  “The tools and resources provided help us track and measure our success in meeting evidence-based clinical guidelines developed to improve patient outcomes.”

Both Heart Hospital and Lovelace Westside Hospital earned the Get with the Guidelines® - Stroke Target award by meeting specific quality achievement measures for the diagnosis and treatment of stroke patients at a set level for a designated period. These measures include evaluation of the proper use of medications and other stroke treatments aligned with the most up-to-date, evidence-based guidelines to speed recovery and reduce death and disability for stroke patients. Before discharge, patients should also receive education on managing their health, receive a follow-up visit appointment as well as other care transition interventions.

“Lovelace Westside Hospital is committed to providing the highest quality of care for our stroke patients by implementing the American Heart Association’s Get With The Guidelines-Stroke initiative,” said Amy Blasing, CEO of Lovelace Westside Hospital. “Our staff and providers are passionate about using evidence-based clinical guidelines to help our patients have a better quality of life.”

According to the American Heart Association, more than 6.5 million adults in the United States are living with heart failure, and stroke is the fifth-leading cause of death and a leading cause of adult disability in the United States. . Many heart failure patients can lead a full, enjoyable life when their condition is managed with proper medications or devices and with healthy lifestyle changes.

To learn more about Heart Hospital of New Mexico at Lovelace Medical Center and Lovelace Westside Hospital and their commitment to providing quality and compassionate care, please visit www.lovelace.com. To make an appointment with a New Mexico Heart Institute provider, please call 505.841.1000 or schedule an appointment at your convenience by visiting https://lovelacemedicalgroup.com/appointment

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Contact:
Whitney Marquez, Lovelace Health System  
Phone: 505.727.5503  

Heart Hospital of New Mexico at Lovelace Medical Center
Heart Hospital of New Mexico at Lovelace Medical Center (HH) is New Mexico’s only hospital dedicated exclusively to cardiovascular care, including the State’s only facility performing ventricular aortic device (LVAD) implants and a state-of-the-art hybrid operation room where surgeons can perform advanced surgical services for cardiovascular patients. The 55-bed facility has become synonymous with high quality, technologically-advanced cardiac care in the state. To learn more about the state-of-the-art treatment options, innovative health care providers and award-winning quality initiatives at Heart Hospital of New Mexico at Lovelace Medical Center, visit hearthospitalnm.com.

Lovelace Westside Hospital
For over 30 years, Lovelace Westside Hospital (LWSH) has been committed to offering Rio Rancho and Westside residents of Albuquerque the high quality convenient care. The 80-bed facility includes a 24-hour emergency department, where patients can see a provider in about 30 minutes or less. Lovelace Westside Hospital is recognized by the American Heart Association for its commitment to guideline adherence and quality improvement for the Stroke patient population, and has also been recognized as a best place to work consistently by multiple local and national organizations. It offers services tailored to everyone in the family, from children to seniors, including: surgical services, sleep studies, women’s health services and more. To learn more about the state-of-the-art treatment options, innovative health care providers and award-winning quality initiatives at Lovelace Westside Hospital, visit lovelace.com/location/lovelace-westside-hospital.

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 tools and resources to increase adherence to 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/quality.

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