Pen Bay Medical Center has been recognized for achievement in using evidence-based guidelines to provide the best possible care to patients through the American Heart Association/ American Stroke Association’s Get With The Guidelines program.

Pen Bay is among the hospitals featured in a special advertisement in the “America’s Best Hospitals” issue of US News & World Report (August issue) to commemorate receipt of the Get With The Guidelines Gold Plus Performance Achievement Award. To receive the highest honor, the Gold Plus Performance Achievement Award, Pen Bay maintained 85 percent or greater compliance with Get With the Guidelines measures for 24 consecutive months.

Get With The Guidelines is a hospital-based quality-improvement program designed to ensure that hospitals consistently care for heart and stroke patients using the most up-to-date guidelines and recommendations. Currently more than 1,400 hospitals participate in the program. For more information, visit heart.org/quality.

“The goal of this initiative is to improve the quality of life and help reduce deaths and disability among patients with heart disease and stroke,” said Lee Schwamm, MD, national chairman of the Get With The Guidelines steering committee, associate professor of neurology at Harvard Medical School and vice chairman of neurology at Massachusetts General Hospital. “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.”

“We are proud that the American Heart Association/American Stroke Association has chosen the ‘America’s Best Hospitals’ issue of US News & World Report to recognize Pen Bay Medical Center for our achievements in their Get With The Guidelines program,” said Eileen Hawkins, RN, MSN, CNRN, Pen Bay Stroke Program Coordinator. “Get With The Guidelines gives our professionals the tools and reports they need to effectively treat our patients.”