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TTCF Trauma Champion Award for 2014
Texas Trauma Coordinators Forum (TTCF), February 11, 2014 Meeting:
DSHS Announces 2012 Emergency Medical Services Awards
The Texas EMS and trauma community honored its best during Texas EMS Conference in November. The awards were announced at the Tuesday luncheon. Congratulations to the 2012 winners!
Area hospitals “Get With The Guidelines”
Central Texas hospitals recognized for quality cardiac and stroke care [ NEWS RELEASE: July 11, 2012]
AUSTIN, Texas – Several Austin-area hospitals have been recognized for achievement in using evidence-based guidelines to provide the best possible care to patients through the American Heart Association / American Stroke Association’s Get With The Guidelines® and Mission: Lifeline® programs. The honored hospitals are featured in a special advertisement in US News & World Report, published online at www.usnews.com, and in the publication’s “Best Hospitals Guidebook,” available in print in August.
Three area hospitals were among 1,041 nationwide to receive recognition under Get With The Guidelines, a hospital-based quality-improvement program that helps hospitals follow scientific guideline-based treatment for heart failure and stroke patients. Hospitals are recognized based on reductions in patient deaths within 30 days of leaving the hospital, and lower rehospitalization rates. Award levels—Gold Plus, Gold, Silver Plus and Silver—are based on length of adherence to the quality measures.
Area hospitals honored under Get With The Guidelines were:
Ten area hospitals were among the 225 nationwide honored for achievement in Mission: Lifeline, a coordinated system of care that helps communities speed up and streamline the process of diagnosing and treating heart attacks – from the first 911 call to in-hospital treatment. Gold, Silver and Bronze awards were given to both receiving hospitals (those that meet standards for lifesaving heart attack treatments such as angioplasties that restore blood flow); and referral hospitals (facilities that meet standards for promptly diagnosing heart attacks, providing initial care, stabilizing patients and transporting them to a receiving center for further treatment).
Hospitals honored under Mission: Lifeline included:
“The American Heart Association is pleased to recognize its top Get With The Guidelines participants,” said Stephanie Chapman, Senior Director of Quality & Systems Improvement with the American Heart Association’s SouthWest Affiliate. “Healthcare providers who use Get With The Guidelines are armed with the latest evidence-based guidelines and immediate access to clinical decision support, using a set of tools that have been shown to improve delivery of evidence-based care. The goal of this initiative is to improve the quality of life and help reduce deaths and disability among patients with heart disease and stroke.”
“Published scientific studies are providing us with more and more evidence that Get With The Guidelines works,” said Kent Ferguson, Board Chairman for the American Heart Association’s Capital Area Division. “Patients are getting the care they need when they need it. That’s resulting in improved survival. We salute the local hospitals chosen by the American Heart Association and American Stroke Association to be honored in US News & World Report.”
In addition to the US News & World Report advertisement, Central Texans can use the new interactive map at heart.org to find the nearest award-winning hospital in their region.
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The Texas Department of State Health Services presented its annual emergency medical services and trauma awards today. The following winners were recognized at an awards luncheon during the 2011 Texas EMS Conference in Austin:
(News Media Contact: Chris Van Deusen, DSHS Assistant Press Officer, 512-458-7753.)