Placentia-Linda Hospital Recognized 5TH Year With Gold Plus Award for Heart Failure Care

Oct 1, 2019

Placentia-Linda Hospital Recognized 5TH Year With
Gold Plus Award for Heart Failure Care

      Placentia, CA, JUNE 1, 2016For the fifth year in a row, Placentia-Linda Hospital has received the Get With The Guidelines®-Heart Failure Gold Plus Quality Achievement Award for implementing specific quality improvement measures outlined by the American Heart Association/American College of Cardiology Foundation’s secondary prevention guidelines for patients with heart failure.

            Get With The Guidelines-Heart Failure is a quality improvement program that helps hospital teams follow the most up-to-date, research-based standards with the goal of speeding recovery and reducing hospital readmissions for heart failure patients. Launched in 2005, numerous published studies have demonstrated the program’s success in achieving patient outcome improvements, including reductions in 30-day readmissions.

Placentia-Linda Hospital earned the award by meeting specific quality achievement measures for the diagnosis and treatment of heart failure patients. These measures include evaluation of the patient, proper use of medications and aggressive risk-reduction therapies, such as ACE inhibitors/ARBs, beta-blockers, diuretics, anticoagulants, and other appropriate therapies. Before patients are discharged, they also receive education on managing their heart failure and overall health, get a follow-up visit scheduled, as well as other care transition interventions.

            “Placentia-Linda Hospital is dedicated to improving the quality of care for our heart failure patients, and implementing the American Heart Association’s Get With The Guidelines-Heart Failure program helps us to accomplish this goal by tracking and measuring our success in meeting internationally-respected guidelines,” said Fred Valtairo, Associate Administrator, Director of Quality Management.

      “We are pleased to recognize Placentia-Linda Hospital for their commitment to heart failure care,” said Paul Heidenreich, M.D., M.S., national chairman of the Get With The Guidelines Steering Committee and Professor of Medicine at Stanford University. “Research has shown there are benefits to patients who are treated at hospitals that have adopted the Get With The Guidelines program. Get With the Guidelines research has demonstrated the impact of lowering 30-day readmissions and reducing mortality rates.”

      According to the American Heart Association, about 5.7 million adults in the United States suffer from heart failure, with the number expected to rise to eight million by 2030. Statistics show that each year about 870,000 new cases are diagnosed and about 50 percent of those diagnosed will die within five years. However, many heart failure patients can lead a full, enjoyable life when their condition is managed with proper medications or devices and with healthy lifestyle changes.


 About Placentia-Linda Hospital

Growing to become one of North Orange County’s premier facilities, Placentia-Linda Hospital is also a Top Performer on Key Quality Measures by The Joint Commission and Hospital Grade A with LeapFrog for hospital safety, among other awards and distinctions.  We have been proudly serving the community since 1972. 

As a 114-bed acute-care facility, our specialties include:

  • 24-hour emergency department featuring “Check In Online and Wait at Home” powered by InQuickER and Senior Track 65+ emergency bays
  • Imaging Services with “True Open High Field” MRI
  • Surgical Pavilion / G.I. Center offering comprehensive G.I. services; general surgery; orthopedics, joint replacement and sports medicine specialties; weight loss surgeries; plastics; colorectal surgeries; and other services
  • Center for Wound Care of Placentia-Linda Hospital with two hyperbaric oxygen therapy chambers and osteomyelitis treatment
  • Women’s Health
  • Partner - Five MedPost urgent care locations
  • Partner - USPI Surgery Center - Outpatient surgery center
  • Comprehensive community outreach and senior services

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About Get With The Guidelines

Get With The Guidelines® is the American Heart Association/American Stroke Association’s hospital-based quality improvement program that provides hospitals with the latest research-based guidelines. Developed with the goal of saving lives and hastening recovery, Get With The Guidelines has touched the lives of more than 6 million patients since 2001. For more information, visit

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