CHRISTUS St. Patrick Hospital Honored with Gold Performance Award

Lake Charles, LA - CHRISTUS St. Patrick Hospital was one of 228 unique hospitals in the United States recognized by the American Heart Association's Get With The GuidelinesSM (GWTG) program.  St. Patrick Hospital received the Gold Performance Award for coronary artery disease care and GWTG Gold Performance Award for heart failure care. Cardiologist, Richard Gilmore, M.D.  will represent St. Patrick Hospital on Nov. 10 to be recognized at the association's annual Scientific Sessions 2008.

"St. Patrick's Get With The Guidelines recognition represents a culmination of its focus and commitment to quality patient care using all the available evidence, guidelines and tools," said Gregg C. Fonarow, M.D., FAHA, FACC, chairman of the American Heart Association's GWTG steering committee.  "Published scientific studies are providing us with more and more evidence that Get With The Guidelines works.  "Patients are being treated better and as a result having better survival after a heart attack or heart failure diagnosis."

To achieve gold level recognition, hospitals must reach an aggressive goal of treating patients for at least 24 months with 85 percent compliance to core standard levels of care as defined by the American Heart Association/American College of Cardiology's secondary prevention guidelines.  Silver level recognition requires hospitals to treat patients for at least 12 months with 85 percent compliance to standard levels of care.

A complete list of recognized hospitals will be featured in a December 2008 issue of Circulation: Journal of the American Heart Association. 

"CHRISTUS St. Patrick Hospital is committed to providing patients the highest quality care based on the most current and robust scientific research.  The American Heart Association's Get With The Guidelines program is giving our health care providers the tools they need to improve the quality of care and long-term outcomes of our cardiac patients," said Hospital Administrator, Bernard Leger

GWTG includes quality-improvement measures, discharge protocols, standing orders and other measurement tools.  Providing hospitals with tools that make it easier to follow treatment guidelines has been shown to improve the quality of care provided to heart failure and coronary artery disease patients. This can help save lives and ultimately reduce overall healthcare costs by lowering readmission rates for heart attack and heart failure patients.

As of October 2008, the program is being implemented by 1,566 unique U.S. acute care hospitals, representing 37 percent of the market.  More than 234 hospitals are implementing all three program modules and over 243 are implementing two of the three modules.  More than 1.5 million patient records have been entered to date.

Since the program's inception in 2000, GWTG data has been used in more than 32 research articles published in leading medical journals such as Circulation: Journal of the American Heart Association, Stroke, JAMA, Archives of Internal Medicine and the American Heart Journal.  The association has experienced a huge increase in the number of publications, with 18 of those published since Jan. 2008.

Studies have demonstrated that the use of the program has increased guidelines adherence, which may translate into reductions in mortality and secondary events.  For more information, visit