American Heart Association recognizes Providence for high-quality heart disease care

August 13, 2011

Providence Alaska Medical Center featured in US News & World Report’s “America’s Best Hospitals” issue


HeartAwardANCHORAGE, AK — Providence Alaska Medical Center has 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® program.

Providence Alaska Medical Center and 814 other hospitals are featured in a special advertisement in the “America’s Best Hospitals” issue of US News & World Report (August issue) to commemorate their receipt of Get With The Guidelines Gold Performance Achievement Award. A total of 961 awards were given for achievement in coronary artery disease, stroke and/or heart failure treatment. 
“We are honored that the American Heart Association and American Stroke Association have recognized Providence Alaska Medical Center for our achievements in their Get With The Guidelines program,” said Richard Mandsager, MD, chief executive at Providence Alaska Medical Center. “This award confirms our commitment to providing high-quality, evidence-based care for our patients. Providence Alaska Medical Center is the premier heart center in Alaska, and we are proud to provide this high level of heart care for Alaskans from across the state.”
Hospitals recognized in each category achieve at least 85-percent compliance to Get With The Guidelines measures. Those achieving 85-percent compliance for 24 consecutive months receive the Gold Performance Achievement Award, with the Silver Performance Achievement Award going to those with 85-percent compliance for 12 consecutive months. Special recognition is also given for those hospitals achieving 85-percent compliance in two or all three categories and/or for being in 75-percent compliance with heart failure and/or stroke measures.
Get With The Guidelines is a hospital-based quality-improvement program designed to ensure that hospitals consistently care for cardiac and stroke patients following the most up-to-date guidelines and recommendations. The program addresses coronary artery disease, heart failure and stroke. Currently more than 1,400 hospitals participate in the program.
The American Heart Association/American Stroke Association’s advertisement recognizes Providence Alaska Medical Center’s commitment and success in performance achievement.
“The American Heart Association is pleased to recognize its top Get With The Guidelines participants,” said Lee Schwamm, MD, national chairman of the Get With The Guidelines steering committee, associate professor of neurology at Harvard Medical School and Vice Chairman of Neurology at Massachusetts General Hospital. “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. Patients are getting the right care they need when they need it. That’s resulting in improved survival.”
About Providence Alaska Medical Center
Providence Alaska Medical Center is part of Providence Health & Services, a not-for-profit network of hospitals, care centers, health plans, physicians, clinics, home health services, affiliated services and educational facilities.
About Get With The Guidelines
Get With The Guidelines® is the American Heart Association/American Stroke Association’s hospital-based quality improvement program that empowers healthcare teams to save lives and reduce healthcare costs by helping hospitals follow evidence-based guidelines and recommendations.  For more information, visit