Suburban Community Hospital receives Get With The Guidelines-Heart Failure Gold Plus Quality Achievement Award

Suburban Community Hospital receives Get With The Guidelines-Heart Failure Gold Plus Quality Achievement Award




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Suburban Community Hospital receives
Get With The Guidelines-Heart Failure Gold Plus Quality Achievement Award

American Heart Association Award recognizes Suburban Community Hospital’s commitment to quality heart failure care

East Norriton, 07/30/2020 - Suburban Community Hospital has received the American Heart Association’s Get With The Guidelines®-Heart Failure Gold Plus Quality Achievement Award. The award recognizes the hospital’s commitment to ensuring heart failure patients receive the most appropriate treatment according to nationally recognized, research-based guidelines founded in the latest scientific evidence. The goal is speeding recovery and reducing hospital readmissions for heart failure patients.

“Suburban Community Hospital 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-HF initiative,” said Matt Shelak, CEO of Suburban Community Hospital. “The tools and resources provided help us track and measure our success in meeting evidenced-based clinical guidelines developed to improve patient outcomes.”

Suburban Community Hospital earned the award by meeting specific quality achievement measures for the diagnosis and treatment of heart failure patients at a set level for a designated period. These measures include evaluation of the proper use of medications and aggressive risk-reduction therapies. Before discharge, patients should also receive education on managing their heart failure and overall health, get a follow-up visit scheduled, as well as other care transition interventions.

“Suburban Community Hospital is dedicated to being among the top hospitals nationwide in the care of heart failure patients and utilizing the American Heart Association’s Get With The Guidelines–Heart Failure program insures this objective is met. The AHA is helping us accomplish our goal by providing evidence-based guidelines for our medical team to use which improves the long-term outcome for our patients,” said Dave Schmidt, MSN, RN, NEA-BC, Chief Nursing Officer of Suburban Community Hospital. “Furthermore, this designation from the American Heart Association illustrates our mission to provide patients with the most appropriate cardiac care as we adhere to the life-saving protocols acknowledged by the nation’s leading medical experts.”

“We are pleased to recognize Suburban Community Hospital for their commitment to heart failure care,” said Lee H. Schwamm, M.D., national chairperson of the Quality Oversight Committee and Executive Vice Chair of Neurology, Director of Acute Stroke Services, Massachusetts General Hospital, Boston, Massachusetts. “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.”

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.


About Suburban Community Hospital: Suburban Community Hospital is a not-for-profit, acute care hospital, and a member of the Prime Healthcare Foundation, a 501(c)(3) public charity. For over 75 years, Suburban Community Hospital has been delivering quality healthcare to Montgomery County and the surrounding region. Located in East Norriton, Pennsylvania, the hospital was built in 1944 and originally named Riverview Hospital.

Today, the hospital has more than 375 physicians on staff, as well as another 475 employees. As part of Prime Healthcare Services, headquartered in Ontario, California, Suburban Community Hospital is focused on becoming one of the leaders in technology. Combining state-of-the-art technology, the latest diagnostic and therapeutic procedures, and a network of highly qualified physicians, nurses, and allied health professionals, the hospital provides top-quality health care services delivered with compassionate care.

Prime Healthcare is an award-winning hospital management company operating 46 acute care hospitals in 14 states, including Roxborough Memorial Hospital in Philadelphia, Suburban Community Hospital in Montgomery County, and Lower Bucks Hospital in Bucks County.

About Get With The Guidelines

Get With The Guidelines® is the American Heart Association/American Stroke Association’s hospital-based quality improvement program that provides hospitals with the latest research-based guidelines. Developed with the goal of saving lives and hastening recovery, Get With The Guidelines has touched the lives of more than 9 million patients since 2001. For more information, visit

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