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American Heart Association's "Get With the Guidelines"

“Get with the Guidelines" is a clinical program that focuses on aggressive risk reduction therapies of patients who are admitted with coronary artery disease,” says Robert Stein, M.D., board-certified cardiologist and Medical Director of San Diego's Palomar Health Cardiovascular Services. “It is designed to eliminate gender bias, because every patient is important. We want to do our best to assure that every caregiver delivers the appropriate treatment every time.”

The Get with the Guidelines – Coronary Artery Disease program is part of the AHA’s effort to help health care professionals follow proven standards and procedures in treating cardiovascular disease. Last year, Palomar Medical Center Escondido received a 12-month Performance Achievement Award as part of the Get with the Guidelines – Coronary Artery Disease program. It is one of nine hospitals nationwide among 500 participating hospitals to earn this distinction from the AHA.

Hospitals who received the Performance Achievement Award must demonstrate that at least 85% of their coronary patients are treated following the AHA’s recommended guidelines. The AHA determined that 95% to 100% of all coronary artery patients at Palomar Medical Center Escondido were treated by their guidelines.

“Patients with coronary artery disease can be assured that the treatment they receive at Palomar Medical Center Escondido is the most appropriate, current and consistent standard of care available,” says Dr. Stein.


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