Inova Fairfax Hospital Earns ‘Silver Award’ for Following Key Stroke, Heart Guidelines

Hospital Only One in Commonwealth to Earn AHA Honor

Falls Church, VA  – (May 12, 2009) — The American Heart Association has awarded Inova Fairfax Hospital its Silver Award, as part of the its “Get With The Guidelines” (GWTG) program. Inova Fairfax Hospital is the only hospital in the Commonwealth of Virginia to earn a Silver Award.

GWTG is an acute-care, hospital-based quality-improvement program that empowers healthcare providers to consistently treat heart and stroke patients according to the most up-to-date guidelines. To earn a Silver Award, hospitals must follow treatment guidelines in certain key measures at least 85 percent of the time, and must maintain this performance level for one year. AHA has established guidelines for the treatment of coronary artery disease, stroke and heart failure.

“The work we’re doing at Inova Fairfax Hospital is really about our commitment to hardwire best practices and make them part of our daily routines,” says Jack Cochran, MD, medical director, Neuroscience and Stroke, Inova Fairfax Hospital. “By consistently monitoring cholesterol, blood pressure and other factors, we’re able to improve the care we offer and significantly improve our patients’ outcomes.”

Participation in AHA’s GWTG program is voluntary. Get more information about cardiac services in Northern Virginia.

Inova Health System is a not-for-profit healthcare system based in Northern Virginia that consists of hospitals and other health services, including emergency- and urgent-care centers, home care, nursing homes, mental health and blood donor services, and wellness classes. Governed by a voluntary board of community members, Inova’s mission is to improve the health of the diverse community it serves through excellence in patient care, education and research. Inova provides a healthy environment for its patients, families, visitors, staff and physicians by prohibiting tobacco use on its campuses.

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