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Temecula Valley Hospital is nationally recognized for its commitment to providing high-quality cardiovascular care

The American Heart Association presents the Get With The Guidelines and Mission: Lifeline awards for proven dedication to best practices and life-saving care

TEMECULA - Temecula Valley Hospital (TVH), part of Southwest Healthcare, has received three achievement awards bestowed by the American Heart Association's Get With The Guidelines and Mission: Lifeline achievement awards for demonstrating commitment to following up-to-date, research-based guidelines for the treatment of heart disease and stroke, ultimately leading to more lives saved, shorter recovery times and fewer readmissions to the hospital.

Every 40 seconds, someone in the U.S. has a heart attack or stroke, which are the No. 1 and No. 5 causes of death in the United States, respectively. Studies show patients can recover better when providers consistently follow treatment guidelines.

Get With The Guidelines and Mission: Lifeline put the expertise of the American Heart Association and American Stroke Association to work for hospitals nationwide, helping ensure patient care is aligned with the latest evidence- and research-based guidelines. As a participant in both programs, Temecula Valley Hospital qualified for these awards by demonstrating how its organization has committed to improving quality care.

"Temecula Valley Hospital is honored to be recognized by the American Heart Association for being committed to improving care by adhering to the latest treatment guidelines and streamlining processes to ensure our patients have the best chance of survival when it comes to heart disease and strokes," said Darlene Wetton, Chief Executive Officer at Temecula Valley Hospital. "The Mission: Lifeline and Get With The Guidelines quality improvement programs make it easier for our teams to put proven knowledge and guidelines to work on a daily basis, which helps us ensure more people in the communities we serve experience longer, healthier lives. To receive the Gold award level in all three categories is a testament to the commitment and dedication our teams have to providing the highest level of quality patient care."

This year, Temecula Valley Hospital received these achievement awards:

• Get With The Guidelines – Stroke GOLD PLUS with Target: Stroke Honor Roll Elite and Target: Type 2 Diabetes Honor Roll

• Mission Lifeline – STEMI Receiving Center GOLD PLUS

• Mission Lifeline – NSTEMI GOLD

"We are pleased to recognize Temecula Valley Hospital for its commitment to caring for those in their community who need cardiovascular care," said John Warner, M.D., FAHA, past president of the American Heart Association and CEO of The Ohio State University Wexner Medical Center. "Hospitals that follow the American Heart Association's quality improvement protocols often see improved patient outcomes, fewer readmissions and lower mortality rates – a win for health care systems, families and communities."

Submitted by Temecula Valley Hospital.


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