QI in the SouthWest Affiliate


can only be achieved by success in improving patient outcomes. Our Get With the Guidelines programs help ensure hospitals are reliably applying the most recent AHA scientific guidelines which are designed to ensure every patient gets the right care every time. Healthcare systems, hospitals, hospital teams, and physician practices that provide consistent evidence based care and demonstrate required compliance earn awards in four areas, as well as hospital certifications and accreditations.

We also launched Mission: Lifeline, our nationwide initiative to improve treatment for victims of what’s called ST-segment elevation myocardial infarction, or STEMI. When someone has this kind of heart attack, blood flow to a portion of the heart is completely blocked, and immediate treatment is critical to survival. The goal of Mission: Lifeline is to decrease STEMI deaths and improve the quality of care for all survivors.

Our Target: Programs, Action Registry-GWTG and The Guideline Advantage Program further our impact in hospitals and communities and help us and you drive towards continuous quality improvement. Our comprehensive suite of programs can help you advance farther and faster in the quest for ever-better care.


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Mission: Lifeline EMS Recognition
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  • Get With The Guidelines- Resuscitation, Time to First Shock Slides (9/15/14)
  • Mission: Lifeline EMS Recognition Slides (12/16/14) 
  • 911 Awareness Webinar Slides(1/14/15)
  • The Vital Role of the STEMI Referral Center - Part 1 of 2  Slides
  • The Vital Role of the STEMI Referral Center - Part 2 of 2 Slides
  • Target Stroke Elite and Elite Plus Slides (5/13/15)
  • Heart Failure Best Practices
    Slides  (5/28/15)
  • Best Practices for Achieving Target: Stroke Elite and Elite Plus Recognition (9/10/15) Slides
  • Highest Impact Cardiac Studies (12/7/15) Slides and Video
  • Mission: Lifeline & ACTION Registry- Get With The Guidelines Overview (5/3/16) Slides and Video
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  • Keeping Pace with Racing Hearts: An Atrial Fibrillation Conference, May 20, 2016
    8:00 am- 3:00 pm
    Hyatt Regency Denver
    Tech Center
    Denver, Colorado
    Register Here 
*These educational events are being shared by the American Heart Association / American Stroke Association but may be offered by other organizations and/or industry sponsored. This listing is not intended as an endorsement of any particular event or product, it is simply our intention to increase awareness of educational opportunities that may be of interest. Please send your own event listings to swaquality@heart.org.

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The American Heart Association's Activity Tracker, Walking Paths application and On-Demand Reporting Center will be retired September 30th, 2015.