FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE – June 29, 2022
Contact: Bridget Turrell, Memorial Communications, 509-575-8116
Yakima, WA — Yakima Valley Memorial received two American Heart Association Get With The Guidelines achievement awards for demonstrating commitment to following up-to-date research-based guidelines and treatment for heart disease and stroke, ultimately leading to more lives saved, shorter recovery times and fewer readmissions to the hospital.
This year, Yakima Valley Memorial received these achievement awards:
Get With The Guidelines® - Resuscitation Gold
Get with The Guidelines ® - Stroke Silver Plus with Target: Type 2 Diabetes Honor Roll
Every 40 seconds, someone in the U.S. has a stroke or heart attack, and heart disease and stroke are the number one and number five causes of death in the United States, respectively. Studies show patients can recover better when providers consistently follow treatment guidelines.
Get With The Guidelines puts the expertise of the American Heart Association and American Stroke Association to work for hospitals nationwide, helping ensure patient care is aligned with the latest evidence- and researched-based guidelines. As a participant in both programs, Yakima Valley Memorial qualified for the awards by demonstrating how it is dedicated to improving quality care.
“Yakima Valley Memorial is committed to deliver quality outcomes for patients by adhering to the latest treatment guidelines and streamlining our processes to ensure timely and proper care for heart attacks and strokes,” said Carole Peet, CEO. “These two programs make it easier for our teams to put proven knowledge and guidelines to work on a daily basis, which helps more people in Yakima experience longer, healthier lives.”
“We are pleased to recognize Yakima Valley Memorial for its commitment to care for those in their community who need cardiovascular care,” said John Warner, M.D., FAHA, past president of the American Heart Association and executive vice president for health system affairs at UT Southwestern Medical Center, in Dallas. “Hospitals that follow the American Heart Association’s quality improvement protocols often see improved patient outcomes, fewer readmissions, and lower mortality rates – a win for health care systems, families and communities.”