Aurora BayCare Maintains Gold Quality Achievement Award in AFIB Care as the First and Only in the State for the Second Consecutive Term

American Heart Association Award recognizes Aurora BayCare’s patient focused AFIB care

GREEN BAY, Wis. – Aurora BayCare Medical Center is the first and only hospital in the state of Wisconsin to receive American Heart Association’s Get With The Guidelines – Atrial Fibrillation (AFIB) Gold Quality Achievement Award for two consecutive years.

Get With The Guidelines-AFIB was developed to assist healthcare professionals in providing the most up-to-date, research-based guidelines for patients with atrial fibrillation, an irregular heartbeat that can lead to stroke and other complications.

“Aurora BayCare is proud to maintain this designation,” said Dr. Vinay Mehta, Medical Director of Cardiac Electrophysiology at Aurora BayCare Medical Center. “Our unique focus on Atrial Fibrillation, with the help of Get With the Guidelines, truly sets us apart from other hospitals within Wisconsin and helps us raise the standard for patient care.”  

Aurora BayCare earned the award by meeting substantial quality achievement measures for 24 consecutive months. These measures include providing appropriate medications and aggressive risk reduction therapies to prevent stroke, stabilize the heart rate and rhythm and treat additional heart disease. Before discharge, patients also receive education and counseling on managing their condition and plans on follow-up care.

“We are pleased to recognize Aurora BayCare Medical Center for their commitment to atrial fibrillation care,” said Lee H. Schwamm, M.D., national chairperson of the Quality Oversight Committee and Executive Vice Chair of Neurology, Director of Acute Stroke Services, Massachusetts General Hospital, Boston, Massachusetts. “Research has shown that hospitals adhering to clinical measures through the Get With The Guidelines quality improvement initiative can often see fewer readmissions and lower mortality rates.”

According to the American Heart Association, more than 2.7 million adults suffer from atrial fibrillation.  The condition accounts for about one-third of hospitalizations for cardiac rhythm disturbance and is associated with a five-fold increase risk of stroke. Proper treatment of atrial fibrillation can reduce these risks.

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Aurora BayCare Medical Center is a 167-bed, full-service tertiary care hospital located at 2845 Greenbrier Road on Green Bay’s east side. It opened in September 2001 as a joint venture of Aurora Health Care and BayCare Clinic.  Aurora BayCare is committed to creating a better way to provide high quality tertiary healthcare, the latest in medical technology and superior service.

Aurora Health Care is a not-for-profit Wisconsin-area health care provider and a national leader in efforts to improve health care quality. Aurora offers services at sites in more than 30 counties throughout eastern Wisconsin and northern Illinois. Aurora is Wisconsin’s most comprehensive health care provider and the state’s largest private employer. Aurora serves more than 1.2 million patients every year via a comprehensive network of facilities, services and providers, including 15 hospitals, more than 150 clinics, more than 70 pharmacies and more than 33,000 Caregivers. As evidenced by more than 300 active clinical trials, Aurora is dedicated to delivering innovations to provide the best possible care today, and to define the best care for tomorrow. Get helpful health and wellness information via the Aurora MyHealth blog, our Facebook page, our Twitter account and our Pinterest account.

BayCare Clinic, baycare.net, is the largest physician-owned specialty-care clinic in northeastern Wisconsin and Michigan’s Upper Peninsula. It is based in Green Bay, Wisconsin. BayCare Clinic offers expertise in more than 20 specialties, with more than 100 physicians serving in 16 area communities. BayCare Clinic is a joint partner in Aurora BayCare Medical Center, a 167-bed, full-service hospital. Follow BayCare Clinic on Facebook and Twitter.