Good Samaritan Medical Center Receives American Heart Association Award 
 
Thursday, 01 December 2005 
 
 

Get with the Guidelines- Coronary Artery Disease Initial Performance Achievement Award recognizes excellence in secondary prevention of cardiovascular disease and primary prevention of stroke

WEST PALM BEACH, Fla. – (December 1, 2005) – Good Samaritan Medical Center has recently received the American Heart Association’s (AHA) Get With The Guidelines–Coronary Artery Disease (GWTG-CAD) Initial Performance Achievement Award. The award recognizes Good Samaritan Medical Center, along with 54 other hospitals nationwide, in accordance with AHA guidelines that effectively improve treatment of patients hospitalized with coronary artery disease.

“Good Samaritan Medical Center is dedicated to delivering high quality healthcare and the Get With The GuidelinesSM program is helping us accomplish that by improving the long-term outcomes of our cardiac patients,” said CEO Paul Echelard.  “We are pleased to be recognized for our dedication and achievements in cardiac care.” 

To receive the award, Good Samaritan Medical Center consistently complied for 90-days with the requirements in the GWTG–CAD program. Under the GWTG–CAD program, patients are started on aggressive risk reduction therapies such as cholesterol-lowering drugs, aspirin, ACE inhibitors and beta-blockers in the hospital and receive smoking cessation and weight management counseling and referrals for cardiac rehabilitation before being discharged. Hospitals selected for the award have demonstrated that, during one quarter, at least 85 percent of its eligible coronary patients (without contraindications) are discharged following the American Heart Association’s recommended treatments.

“The American Heart Association applauds Good Samaritan Medical Center for its success in implementing the appropriate standards of care and protocols to reduce the number of recurrent events in coronary patients,” said Gray Ellrodt, M.D., the American Heart Association volunteer chairman for the national Get With The GuidelinesSM.

Projections have shown that implementation of cardiovascular disease secondary prevention guidelines nationwide, as promoted in the GWTG–CAD program, could result in saving more than 80,000 lives each year.  
   
The American Heart Association’s GWTG–CAD program is designed to increase the use of and adherence to the association’s secondary prevention guidelines for coronary artery disease.  Developed to assist healthcare professionals follow proven standards and procedures before patients are discharged, GWTG–CAD can help Good Samaritan Medical Center reduce the risk of recurrent heart attacks and death in treated patients. The program, which works by mobilizing teams in acute care hospitals to implement American Heart Association / American College of Cardiology secondary prevention guidelines, was developed with support from an unrestricted educational grant from Merck & Co., Inc.    

According to the American Heart Association, more than 450,000 people suffer recurrent heart attacks each year.  Statistics also show that within one year of an attack, 25 percent of men and 38 percent of women will die.  Within six years after a heart attack, about 22 percent of men and 46 percent of women will be disabled with heart failure.

The American Heart Association’s Get With The GuidelinesSM program is being implemented in hospitals around the country.  For more information on Get With The GuidelinesSM, visit americanheart.org/getwiththeguidelines.  

Good Samaritan Medical Center, part of Tenet South Florida, is a 341-bed acute care hospital located at 1309 No. Flagler Drive in West Palm Beach.  In 2005, the hospital proudly celebrates its 85th anniversary of service to Palm Beach County and the Treasure Coast. In addition to general medical services, Good Samaritan offers a broad range of specialty services, including oncology, orthopedics, obstetrics and cardiac medicine.  The hospital provides cancer services in the Helen and Harry Gray Cancer Institute, featuring the Miles M. Zisson Comprehensive Breast Center and the Ruth C. Heede Gamma Knife Center.  The hospital also offers the Walter Newbern Suites, an all-private, upscale unit that combines quality medical care with personal comfort. Good Samaritan is fully accredited by the Joint Commission on the Accreditation of Healthcare Organizations, the nation’s oldest and largest hospital accreditation agency.  To learn more about Good Samaritan Medical Center, visit www.goodsamaritanmc.com or contact us at 561-655-5511.