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Summa Western Reserve Hospital has received the Get With The Guidelines®- Heart Failure Silver Plus Quality Achievement Award from the American Heart Association.  The recognition signifies that Summa Western Reserve Hospital has reached impressive benchmarks in the evidence-based treatment of heart failure patients.

(L to R) Carolyn Hunsche, Quality Review RN, Sue Gill, Vice President Patient Care Services/CNO, Alice Luse, Regional Director for the American Heart Association (presenting the award), William Arndt, Director of Critical Care & Emergency Services, Dr. Patrick Blakeslee, Chairman, Department of Medicine (receiving the award), Sue Yee, Unit Manager-3 West, Linda Faris, Director of Quality & Case Management, and Jennifer DeLapa, Unit Manager-2 West

(L to R) Carolyn Hunsche, Quality Review RN, Sue Gill, Vice President Patient Care Services/CNO, Alice Luse, Regional Director for the American Heart Association (presenting the award), William Arndt, Director of Critical Care & Emergency Services, Dr. Patrick Blakeslee, Chairman, Department of Medicine (receiving the award), Sue Yee, Unit Manager-3 West, Linda Faris, Director of Quality & Case Management, and Jennifer DeLapa, Unit Manager-2 West

“Summa Western Reserve Hospital is committed to delivering the highest level of quality and this is an example of that quality,” said Dr. Robert Kent, President and CEO of Summa Western Reserve Hospital. “Our success in doing so is validated by this recognition from the American Heart Association.”

Specifically, hospitals awarded the Get With The Guidelines – Heart Failure Silver Plus Quality Achievement Award have accomplished at least 12 consecutive months of 85 percent or higher adherence to all Get With The Guidelines-Heart Failure Quality Achievement indicators and at least 12 consecutive months of 75 percent or higher compliance with four of nine Get With The Guidelines-Heart Failure Quality Measures for the same reporting period, which are reporting initiatives to measure and improve quality of patient care and outcomes.

Get With The Guidelines is a quality improvement initiative that provides healthcare providers with tools that follow proven evidence-based guidelines and procedures in caring for heart failure patients to improve outcomes, prevent future hospitalizations, and prolong lives.

Using Get With The Guidelines-Heart Failure treatment guidelines, heart failure patients are started on aggressive risk-reduction therapies, such as cholesterol-lowering drugs, beta-blockers, ACE inhibitors, aspirin, diuretics and anticoagulants in the hospital. They also receive alcohol/drug use and thyroid management counseling as well as referrals for cardiac rehabilitation before being discharged.

“The full implementation of national heart failure guideline recommended care is a critical step in preventing recurrent hospitalizations, prolonging and improving the lives of heart failure patients,” said Lee H. Schwamm, M.D., chair of the Get With The Guidelines National Steering Committee and director of the TeleStroke and Acute Stroke Services at Massachusetts General Hospital in Boston.  “The goal of the American Heart Association’s Get With The Guidelines program is to help hospitals like Summa Western Reserve Hospital implement appropriate evidence-based care and protocols that will reduce disability and the number of deaths in these patients 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.”

Get With The Guidelines-Heart Failure helps Summa Western Reserve Hospital’s staff develop and implement acute and secondary prevention guideline processes.  The program provides hospitals with a web-based patient management tool, decision support, robust registry, real-time benchmarking capabilities and other performance improvement methodologies toward the goal of enhancing patient outcomes and saving lives.

This high-tech, evidence-based approach enables Summa Western Reserve Hospital to improve the quality of care it provides heart failure patients, save lives and ultimately, reduce healthcare costs by avoiding re-hospitalization.  

According to the American Heart Association, about 5.7 million people suffer from heart failure.  Statistics also show that, each year, 670,000 new cases are diagnosed and more than 277,000 people will die of heart failure.           

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October Shining Stars Announced

November 9th, 2011

Summa Western Reserve Hospital recently announced its outstanding, “Shining Star” employees for October.

Summa Western Reserve Hospital uses the Shining Star program to reward and publically recognize “The Best at Western Reserve Hospital”.  Any staff member, physician, volunteer, patient or visitor may be nominated by others at the hospital to acknowledge their outstanding behavior and/or service.

The Shining Stars for the month of October include:

Deb Armprester – 3 West

Tameka Austin – Infusion Center

Lisa Bailey – Medical Records

Sherry Bailey – Pain Management

Nancy Bartlow – Pain Management

Margaret Cassell – IT & S

Nancy Davis – Environmental Services

Mary Dula – Patient Registration

Mary Eaves – Medical Records

Liz Foley – Infusion Center

Tami Folk– Physical Therapy

Christina Fox – 3 West

Gail Frangos – Administration (2)

Kim Gettio – 2 West

Tori Haines – Pain Management

Francine Harrison – Laboratory

Paul Hazard – Radiology

Kathleen Holden – Cardiovascular

Gail Horn – Volunteer

Amy Janke – Radiology

Colleen Jewell – 3 West (3)

Shawn Johnson – Pharmacy

Angel Kessler – 3 West

Marc King – Cardiovascular

Melissa Kuhns – Stow Urgent & Primary Care

Vic Lancianese – Surgery

Rosemary Lupinacci – Emergency Department

Jennifer Martin – Medical Records

Michael Martin – Respiratory Therapy

Fancie McGuire – Endoscopy (2)

Abi Morrison – 3 West (2)

Dawne Nester-3 West

George Obrad – Environmental Services

Nichole Oliver – Stow Urgent & Primary Care

Marie Owens – Cardiovascular

Gary Phillips – IT & S

Kathy Ray – Radiology

Tinnecha Richey – Cardiovascular

Carrie Riddle – Medical Records

Sherri Ridgill – Respiratory Therapy

Amber Rummel – Respiratory Therapy

Joe Robison – Operating Room

Tina Rompf – Endoscopy

Sue Saxon – Laboratory

Pam Shuster – Pain Management

Gary Skinner – Volunteer

Jana Sovacool – Emergency Department

Michelle Smart – 3 West

Elaine Teaman – Pain Management

Karen Thomas – Endoscopy

Dr. Ben Tishman

Alex Watts– Linen Services

Leslie Wagner – 3 West (2)

Julie Wharton – 3 West (2)

Jennifer Wilmot – Pain Management

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Summa Western Reserve Hospital Internal Medicine Resident, Lisa Caltabiano recently received first place for her research poster and presentation, Epidemiology of the Pandemic Influenza A/H1N1 2009 Northeast Ohioat the American College of Osteopathic Internists Annual Convention and Scientific Session held October 12-16 in San Antonio, Texas. 

Caltabiano Wins First Place

Caltabiano Wins First Place

The American College of Osteopathic Internist’s (ACOI) recent annual convention hosted nearly 1000 attendees and featured 60 educational and informative exhibit booths and a variety of health-related presentations. ACOI members seek to advance the practice of osteopathic internal medicine through excellence in education, advocacy, research and the opportunity for service and strive to enhance the professional and personal development of osteopathic internists.

Lisa Caltabiano is a native of Ft. Myers, Florida and a 2008 graduate of Nova Southeastern University College of Osteopathic Medicine. She began her Internal Medicine residency at Summa Western Reserve Hospital in 2009. During 2010-11, she served as the Chief of House Staff and serves as Chief Resident, Internal Medicine at Summa Western Reserve Hospital.

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Summa Western Reserve Hospital will celebrate National Radiologic Technology Week November 6-12. Themed One Goal One Passion, the week-long event highlights the important role that medical imaging and radiation therapy professionals play (known as “rad techs”) in patient care across the nation. The event, coordinated with the American Society of Radiological Technologists (ASRT), is held each November to commemorate the anniversary of Wilhelm Conrad Roentgen’s discovery of the x-ray on November 8, 1895.

Summa Western Reserve Hospital radiology techs, Laura Baxter (CT tech) of Stow and Brad Long, (Ultrasound tech) of Cuyahoga Falls prep the hospital’s new Bariatric Radiographic/Fluoroscopic room.

“This is a perfect opportunity for us to recognize the role of our highly skilled radiologic technologists in the delivery of care process,” says Dr. Jeffrey Unger, Medical Director, Radiology at Summa Western Reserve Hospital. “Our superb rad techs are at the frontline of in the patient care team helping the radiology physicians to diagnosis and manage various medical conditions”

Summa Western Reserve Hospital’s radiologic technologists who perform imaging examinations are responsible for accurately positioning patients and ensuring that a quality diagnostic image is produced. They work closely with Dr. Unger and other radiologists, the physicians who interpret medical images to either diagnose or rule out disease or injury. For the images to be interpreted correctly by the radiologist, the imaging examination must be performed properly by a radiologic technologist.

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