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Sanford Heart team recognized for heart failure care

‘Get With the Guidelines®’ Silver Recognition

(Sioux Falls, SD) – Sanford USD Medical Center and the team at Sanford Heart Hospital have received the American Heart Association’s ‘Get With The Guidelines®’ Silver Recognition for 2013. The award recognizes Sanford USD Medical Center and Sanford Heart Hospital’s commitment and success in implementing a higher standard of care for heart failure patients.

“Sanford Heart Hospital is dedicated to making our care for heart failure patients among the best in the country. The American Heart Association’s Get With The Guidelines–Heart Failure program helps us to accomplish this goal,” said Dr. Orvar Jonsson, director of Sanford’s Heart Failure Clinic and South Dakota’s only board-certified heart failure cardiologist. “This recognition demonstrates that we are on the right track and we’re very proud of our team.”

Hospitals that implement ‘Get With The Guidelines®’ show measurable results, including improved patient outcomes and fewer recurring events. The goal of participating in Get With The Guidelines® is to save lives. It’s a difference that shows in the lives of patients and their families and the satisfaction felt by caregivers.

“Being honored for giving excellent patient care is the best recognition a hospital can get,” said Tom Stys, medical director, Sanford Heart Hospital. “We care about our patients. That’s why we’ve made the commitment to turn treatment guidelines into lifelines.”

Hospitals receiving this honor have reached an aggressive goal of treating heart failure patients with 85 percent or higher compliance of care as outlined by the American Heart Association for 12 consecutive months.

About Get With The Guidelines
Get With The Guidelines® is the American Heart Association/American Stroke Association’s hospital-based quality improvement program that empowers healthcare teams to save lives and reduce healthcare costs by helping hospitals follow evidence-based guidelines and recommendations.  For more information, visit



Jessica Brovold / Media Relations| Sioux Falls Region
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