Maui Memorial Medical Center has once again been recognized with a quality achievement award for its heart failure care.
The hospital was recognized by the American Heart Association and the American College of Cardiology Foundation for implementing programs that align with the associations' secondary prevention guidelines for heart failure patients.
Maui Memorial was awarded the Get With The Guidelines - Heart Failure Gold-Plus Quality Achievement Award. This marks the sixth year that the hospital has been recognized with a quality achievement award.
The award was given to the Maui hospital because it met specific quality achievement measures for the diagnosis and treatment of heart failure patients, which include proper use of medications, risk-reduction therapies and patient education on how to manage their heart failure and overall health.
"We are pleased to recognize Maui Memorial Medical Center for their commitment to heart failure care," said Dr. Deepak L. Bhatt, national chairman of the Get With the Guidelines steering committee and a professor of medicine at Harvard Medical School.
"Studies have shown that hospitals that consistently follow Get With The Guidelines quality improvement measures can reduce patients' length of stays and 30-day readmission rates and also reduce disparity gaps in care," Bhatt said in a news release.
Maui Memorial Medical Center is the only hospital outside of Oahu that provides a full range of cardiac services, including open-heart surgery and angioplasty.