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The Richland Hospital and Clinics awarded for efforts to improve rural care for coronary artery disease

Jan 5, 2024

The American Heart Association’s Get With The Guidelines® – Coronary Artery Disease Rural Recognition Bronze awards recognize efforts to address the unique health needs of rural communities

Richland Center, WI – People who live in rural communities live an average of three years fewer than urban counterparts and have a 40% higher likelihood of developing heart disease.[1],[2] The Richland Hospital and Clinics is committed to changing that.

For efforts to optimize acute cardiac care and eliminate rural health care outcome disparities, The Richland Hospital and Clinics has received the American Heart Association’s Get With The Guidelines® – Coronary Artery Disease (CAD) Rural Recognition Bronze awards for both non ST-elevation acute coronary syndrome (NSTE-ACS) and ST-elevation myocardial infarction (STEMI).

The American Heart Association, the world’s leading nonprofit organization focused on heart and brain health for all, recognizes the importance of health care services provided to people living in rural areas by rural hospitals that play a vital role in initiation of timely evidence-based care. For that reason, all rural hospitals participating in Get With The Guidelines® – CAD are eligible to receive award recognition based on a unique methodology focused on suspected non ST-elevation acute coronary syndrome (NSTE-ACS) and/or ST-elevation myocardial infarction (STEMI) performance metrics.

“We are proud that our team at The Richland Hospital and Clinics is being recognized for the important work we do every day to improve the lives of people in greater Richland County who are affected by coronary artery disease, giving them the best chance of survival and the best possible quality of life,” said Linda Tyler-Doudna, ER director. “As a hospital in a rural community, we deal with characteristics, such as extended distances from receiving hospitals with interventional cardiology services, interfacility transportation and bed availability, as well as limited staffing resources. We’ve made it a goal to make sure those hurdles do not affect the standard of care our patients receive.

“Residents in rural communities deserve high-quality emergency cardiac care. I’m proud of our team for their commitment to heart care excellence and this achievement.”

The awards for NSTE-ACS and STEMI recognize hospitals for their efforts toward care excellence. This is demonstrated by composite score compliance to seven guideline-directed care metrics each for STEMI and suspected NSTE-ACS.

“Patients and health care professionals in Richland County face unique health care challenges and opportunities,” said Karen E. Joynt Maddox, M.D., MPH, volunteer expert for the American Heart Association, co-author on “Call to Action: Rural Health: A Presidential Advisory From the American Heart Association and American Stroke Association” and co-director of the Center for Health Economics and Policy at the Institute for Public Health at Washington University in St. Louis, Missouri. “The Richland Hospital and Clinics has furthered this important work to improve care for all Americans, regardless of where they live.”

The Richland Hospital and Clinics is a nationally awarded health care facility dedicated to caring, educating, and healing. Providing compassionate care for nearly 100 years to residents of the greater Richland County area, TRHC operates an independent, integrated group medical practice in three locations, including rural health clinics in Spring Green and Muscoda and a critical access hospital at its primary health center in Richland Center, WI.

About the American Heart Association

The American Heart Association is a relentless force for a world of longer, healthier lives. We are dedicated to ensuring equitable health in all communities. Through collaboration with numerous organizations, and powered by millions of volunteers, we fund innovative research, advocate for the public’s health and share lifesaving resources. The Dallas-based organization has been a leading source of health information for nearly a century. Connect with us on heart.org, Facebook, Twitter or by calling 1-800-AHA-USA1.

[1] https://newsroom.heart.org/news/american-heart-association-issues-call-to-action-for-addressing-inequities-in-rural-health; https://newsroom.heart.org/news/public-health-americorps-to-address-health-inequity-in-rural-communities.

[2] https://www.ahajournals.org/doi/10.1161/CIR.0000000000000753#R16