Saint Francis Recieves GWTG Award from AHA 

Saint Francis Healthcare Hospitals Awarded Gold

by the American Heart Association

(June 2011-Memphis, TN) - The American Heart Association's (AHA) Get With the GuidelinesSM (GWTG) initiative has recognized Saint Francis Healthcare hospitals with Gold Awards for 2011. Saint Francis Hospital-Memphis and Saint Francis Hospital-Bartlett were the only two Memphis area hospitals to be so honored. These Gold Performance Achievement Awards recognize the hospitals' success in meeting AHA guidelines for treating heart failure.

The Saint Francis hospitals will be featured in the U.S. News & World Report “Best Hospitals” July issue and will have an ad listing in the December issue of the respected medical journal Circulation, among several other honors.

"To earn these awards, our hospitals must have 24/7 commitment to quality patient care by our physicians, healthcare specialists, and support staff," said David Archer, Market CEO.  "We are fortunate to have that commitment and it has a very real impact on the outcomes of our cardiac patients."

GWTG is an evidence-based program for in-hospital quality improvement.  It puts the unparalleled expertise of the American Heart Association and the American Stroke Association to work for hospitals nationwide, helping hospital care teams ensure that the care provided coronary artery disease, heart failure and stroke patients is aligned with the latest evidence-based guidelines.  The program's goal is to "help hospitals save more lives by optimizing care for coronary artery disease and stroke patients."  Those who participate in GWTG have access to the latest evidence-based guidelines and immediate access to clinical decision support, providing an additional resource for medical decision-making.

The Saint Francis Memphis and Bartlett hospitals have participated in GWTG for several years and received recognition in the past.  The hospitals combine to offer a full range of cardiology services. Saint Francis Hospital-Memphis is home to the first Chest Pain Emergency Center in Memphis and the second in the nation.