Memorial Hospital receives American Heart Association award
Get With The Guidelines®-Resuscitation Bronze Quality Achievement

TEMPLE, Texas – Scott & White Memorial Hospital, a part of Baylor Scott & White Health, has received the Get With The Guidelines® – Resuscitation Bronze Quality Achievement Award from the American Heart Association. The recognition signifies that Memorial Hospital has reached an aggressive goal in using guidelines-based care to improve patient outcomes following in-hospital cardiac arrest.

The Get With The Guidelines - Resuscitation program aims to help hospital teams save more lives threatened by cardiopulmonary emergencies by consistently following the most up-to-date scientific guidelines for treating patients who suffer cardiac arrest in the hospital.

More than 18,800 in-hospital cardiac arrests occur each year, according to the American Heart Association.

Get With The Guidelines – Resuscitation helps Scott & White’s staff develop and implement protocols that can reduce disability and death from cardiac and respiratory emergencies. It provides an evidence-based, quality improvement program of patient safety, medical emergency team response, effective resuscitation and post-emergency care.

Specifically, Scott & White Memorial has been recognized for meeting specifically identified measures in caring for adult cardiac arrest patients.

Get With The Guidelines - Resuscitation builds on the work of the American Heart Association’s National Registry of Cardio-Pulmonary Resuscitation (NRCPR), originally launched in 1999 as a database of in-hospital resuscitation events from more than 500 hospitals. The data from the registry, and now the quality program, gives participating hospitals feedback on their resuscitation practices and patient outcomes and has been used to develop new evidence-based guidelines for in-hospital resuscitation.

Scott & White Memorial joins other hospitals across the country in putting that data to work in every day practice to save lives, ensuring cardiac arrest patients are getting timely CPR, defibrillation or other appropriate treatment within minutes of being found in cardiac arrest.

"Scott & White Memorial’s commitment to Get With the Guidelines - Resuscitation puts our quality improvement interventions and strategies into the workflow of care for their patients who experience cardiac arrest," said Lee H. Schwamm, MD, chair of the Get With The Guidelines® National Steering Committee and professor of neurology at Harvard Medical School in Boston. "Shortening the time to effective resuscitation and maximizing post-resuscitation care is critical to patient survival."

"Baylor Scott & White Health is dedicated to helping our patients have the best possible outcome and implementing the American Heart Association’s Get With The Guidelines – Resuscitation program will help us accomplish this by making it easier for our teams to put proven knowledge and guidelines to work on a daily basis," said Robert Scott III, MD, PhD. "It takes a real team approach to accomplish this and involves dedicated personnel from all over the hospital, including teams of physicians, nurses, pharmacists, technicians, communication operators, equipment managers, educators, data analysts, and leaders, just to name some."

About Baylor Scott & White Health
Baylor Scott & White Health is a not-for-profit health care system with total assets of $8.3 billion* and the vision and resources to offer its patients continued quality care while creating a model system for a dramatically changing health care environment. The new system includes 43 hospitals, more than 500 patient care sites, more than 6,000 active physicians, 34,000 employees and the Scott & White Health Plan.For More Information visit:

* based on unaudited fiscal year 2013 financial statements

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


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Deke Jones

December 3, 2013

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