SFH-Memphis Awarded AHA Gold & Silver 

Saint Francis Hospital-Memphis Awarded Gold and Silver by The American Heart Association's "Get With The Guidelines" Initiative

      The American Heart Association's (AHA) "Get With the GuidelinesSM" (GWTG) initiative has recognized Saint Francis Hospital-Memphis with Gold and Silver Awards for 2009/2010. The Gold Achievement Award recognizes the hospital's success in meeting the AHA guidelines for Coronary Artery Disease.  The Silver Achievement Award spotlights the hospital's efforts in regard to Heart Failure. Saint Francis Hospital-Memphis will be featured in the U.S. News & World Report “Best Hospitals” July issue, be recognized at Scientific Sessions in November, and have an ad listing in the December issue of Circulation, a respected medical journal.

     "Everyone at Saint Francis is proud of our cardiology staff and their success with GWTG," said Michael Lachina, MD, chief medical officer.  "Their hard work has a direct impact everyday on our cardiology patients and their outcomes."

     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.

     Saint Francis Hospital-Memphis has participated in GWTG for several years and won awards in the past.  "From our perspective, our participation in the GWTG program has helped us improve patient outcomes," said David Archer, CEO, "and we very much appreciate all of the hard work that AHA staff have done to help us succeed."

      The hospital offers a full range of cardiology services, including the first chest pain emergency center in Memphis, diagnostic procedures, cardiac surgery and cardiac rehabilitation