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Barnes-Jewish Wins 2010 Gold Achievement Award from AHA’s Get With The Guidelines Program

  • August 20, 2010
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Jason Merrill

Barnes-Jewish Hospital is a 2010 recipient of the American Heart Association’s (AHA) “Get With The Guidelines Gold Performance Achievement Award.” The award recognizes the success of Barnes-Jewish and their physician partners at Washington University School of Medicine in using evidence-based guidelines to provide the best possible care to coronary artery disease, stroke and/or heart failure patients 

Hospitals are recognized in each category in which they achieve at least 85 percent compliance to Get With The Guidelines measures. Those hospitals marking 85 percent compliance for 24 consecutive months are given the Gold Performance Achievement Award, the category Barnes-Jewish was recognized in.

“We had one hundred percent in-time rate for patient receiving emergency angioplasty or thrombolytics,” says Nelda Martin, APRN, cardiology clinical nurse specialist at Barnes-Jewish. “This is an achievement only 5 percent of all hospitals in the nation have achieved and sustained.”

Such achievement is made possible in part due to Barnes-Jewish’s strong survival rates for patient suffering from acute heart attack. Based on data from the Center for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) from their “Hospital Compare” website at

  • Barnes-Jewish is one of 3 hospitals in Missouri to have better than US heart attack mortality rate. 

  • Barnes-Jewish is the only Missouri hospital that has maintained a better than US heart attacks mortality rate since 2004. No other Missouri hospital has sustained their MI mortality rate for this length of time. 

  • Out of 4569 hospitals in the U.S., Barnes-Jewish is one of 95 with better than U.S. survival rates 

  • Door to Balloon times have been less than 90 minutes for 100% of patients since 2Q 2009. The median door to balloon time from 2Q09 to 2Q 2010 has been 62.5 median minutes. 

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 1,450 hospitals participate in the program. 

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