Keck Hospital of USC has received the American Heart Association’s “Get With The Guidelines – Heart Failure Gold Plus Award” for 2023.

The award marks a commitment to improving outcomes for heart failure patients through measures that include improved medication adherence, early follow-up care and coordination, and enhanced patient education.

Keck Hospital and USC Norris Cancer Hospital both received the AHA’s “Get With The Guidelines – Resuscitation Silver Award” for their commitment to treating in-hospital cardiac arrest, which affects more than 300,000 adults and children nationwide each year.

Keck Hospital also received AHA Honor Roll designations for providing excellent care and outcomes for heart failure and Type 2 Diabetes.

USC Arcadia Hospital received the AHA’s “Get With The Guidelines – Stroke Gold Plus Award,” which included Honor Roll Elite Plus status. Additionally, the hospital was named to the Target: Type 2 Diabetes Honor Roll.

“Hospitals that participate in Get With The Guidelines often see improved patient outcomes and improved survival rates — a win for health care systems, families and communities,” Tia Raymond, MD, national chairperson of the AHA’s Resuscitation Systems of Care Advisory Group and a pediatric cardiac intensivist at Medical City Children’s Hospital in Dallas, said in a statement.

The program puts the expertise of the AHA and American Stroke Association to work for hospitals nationwide by helping ensure care delivery is aligned with the latest research-based guidelines and scientific evidence.

The model “makes it easier for our teams to put proven knowledge and guidelines to work on a daily basis,” said Stephanie Hall, MD, chief medical officer of Keck Medical Center. “The end goal is to ensure more people in the communities in which we operate experience longer, healthier lives.”

— Kevin Joy