June 13, 2018
Cheyenne, WY—Cheyenne Regional Medical Center has been recognized for its treatment of heart failure patients by both the American Heart Association and Healthgrades®, a national firm that assesses the quality of care provided by health systems.
This is the fourth year in a row that Healthgrades has given CRMC’s heart failure program a five-star rating, the highest star rating possible.
“The Healthgrades recognition reflects the work that has been done to improve patient care and outcomes for heart failure at Cheyenne Regional Medical Center,” said Dr. Herman Feringa, a CRMC noninvasive cardiologist and the medical director of CRMC’s heart failure program. “Our goal has been to provide exceptional care for heart failure that our community can rely on. This award recognizes the superior degree of quality we deliver for our patients.”
Healthgrades independently measures hospitals based on publicly available data that hospitals submit to the federal government. No hospital can opt in or out of the analysis, and no hospital pays to be measured.
CRMC has also been presented with the American Heart Association’s Get With The Guidelines®-Heart Failure Silver Plus Quality Achievement Award.
The Get With The Guidelines award recognizes CRMC’s commitment to ensuring heart failure patients receive the most appropriate treatment according to nationally recognized, research-based guidelines, with the goal of speeding recovery and reducing hospital readmissions for heart failure patients.
CRMC earned the Get With The Guidelines award by meeting specific quality achievement measures for the diagnosis and treatment of heart failure patients. These measures include evaluation of the proper use of medications and aggressive risk-reduction therapies. Before leaving the hospital, patients are also required to receive education on managing their heart failure and overall health, be given required transition interventions and schedule a follow-up visit with their healthcare provider.
“Cheyenne Regional Medical Center 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-Heart Failure initiative,” Dr. Feringa said. “By consistently following the latest scientific treatment guidelines, patient care and outcomes are improved.”
According to the American Heart Association, more than 6.5 million adults in the United States are living with heart failure. 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.
“We are pleased to recognize Cheyenne Regional Medical Center for its commitment to heart failure care,” said Eric E. Smith, M.D., national chairman of the Get With The Guidelines Steering Committee and an associate professor of neurology at the University of Calgary in Alberta, Canada. “Research has shown that hospitals adhering to clinical measures through the Get With The Guidelines quality improvement initiative can often see fewer readmissions and lower mortality rates.”