AHA encourages critical access hospital participation in open discussion

The American Heart Association is deeply concerned about the public health crisis facing our country. Our top priority regarding coronavirus (COVID-19) is the health and well-being of individuals and their families today and in the future, in every community. We appreciate the millions of people, like you, who have worked with us relentlessly to build healthier communities in rural settings. In this new reality, there will be new challenges for all of us as we press forward together.

Please join us on Thursday, April 30, 2020 from 12-1 Central Standard Time for an open discussion with your colleagues to discuss perspectives from the Critical Access and Rural Hospital Setting delivering care during this time of crisis. CLICK HERE FOR THE LINK. Please also refer to the resources below to assist your organizations at this time:

  • The American Heart Association is working to ensure optimal care for patients with cardiovascular disease who contract coronavirus (COVID-19). Patients with underlying cardiovascular diseases appear to have an increased risk for adverse outcomes with COVID-19. The AHA has put together helpful resources for health systems, clinics, care providers, patients and the public, which can be found on COVID-19 Content: An AHA Compendium. The compendium includes information regarding oxygenation and ventilation of COVID-19 patients, temporary emergency guidance to US Stroke Centers, interim guidance for BLS/ALS and additional updates related to COVID-19 care.
  • We are proud to deliver e-newsletters designed to offer you links to relevant content, health tools and communications that can help reduce your risk of coronary heart disease and stroke. Please sign up for “Quality News You Can Use" to have updates sent directly to your email!
  • The AHA has created a complimentary COVID-19 CVD Registry, powered by the Get With The Guidelines (GWTG) program to better understand the clinical treatment patterns and variations, including the collection of biomarkers, and cardiovascular outcomes in hospitalized COVID-19 patients across the nation. The registry will focus on real-time, granular data from acute care hospitals to better help clinicians and researchers understand and provide feedback to healthcare organizations on how to best treat COVID-19 patients. The program will provide real time reports for the individual hospital and for larger benchmark groups including state level insights or enterprise-wide health system aggregation.