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Heart & Vascular Earns Blood Pressure Award

Posted: November 7, 2019

NorthBay Healthcare and the NorthBay Heart & Vascular Center were recognized by the American Heart Association and the American Medical Association as a leader in the national effort to get patient blood pressure rates under control and reduce the number of Americans who have heart attacks and strokes each year.

As part of the 2019 Target: BP Recognition Program, AHA and AMA awarded NorthBay with Gold Status — one of just 542 physician practices and health systems to be recognized for achieving blood pressure control rates of 70 percent or more in their adult patient population with high blood pressure.

“NorthBay Healthcare is focused on improving health outcomes for our patients,” said NorthBay Healthcare Group President Aimee Brewer. “We believe that management of conditions like high blood pressure is key in helping patients live healthier lives.”

Focusing on improving the management of diagnosed hypertension is part of NorthBay’s Eyes on 2020 strategic plan.

Kevin West, Quality Improvement Coordinator, and Ehsan Ghods,Ehsan Ghods, D.O., conducts a blood pressure check on a patient at the Center for Primary Care in Green Valley. Dr. Ghods made the rounds to remind physicians and clinical teams about the importance of taking good blood pressure readings. D.O., visited primary care and specialty offices in 2017 and 2018 and presented information to ensure blood pressure checks are a regular part of every doctor visit and that the information that is gathered is accurate.

“High blood pressure is a serious health risk, but it’s also manageable with the right tools and treatment plan,” said Justine Zilliken, assistant vice president of specialty and surgical services. “At NorthBay, our providers work hard to help patients manage their blood pressure, thereby avoiding more serious health complications.”

“Receiving the Target: BP recognition serves as proof that when doctors and patients work together, health outcomes improve,” said Adam Mace, director of Heart & Vascular Services.

A total of 1,183 physician practices and health systems nationwide were recognized by the Target: BP program for their commitment to help patients improve blood pressure control. The recognized organizations represent 29.8 million adult patients, with more than 8 million patients diagnosed with hypertension, across 46 states and territories.

Launched in 2015, Target: BP is a national initiative between the AHA and AMA aimed at addressing the growing burden of high blood pressure in the United States. The initiative aims to help health care organizations improve blood pressure control rates through use of the AMA’s evidence-based M.A.P. quality improvement program, and recognizes organizations committed to improving blood pressure control.

There are 116 million U.S. adults living with high blood pressure, the nation’s No. 1 risk factor for heart attack and stroke, and less than half have it controlled to target level.

“Although we have the tools to treat high blood pressure, many patients face a variety of barriers that make it difficult to successfully manage the condition. That’s why the American Heart Association and American Medical Association created the Target: BP initiative — to bring patients and providers together to successfully get blood pressure under control,” said AMA President Patrice A. Harris, M.D. “We applaud the physicians who are already working hard to control their patients’ blood pressure, and we will continue to urge more physician practices, health systems and patients to join this effort to prioritize the rising risk of high blood pressure and improve health outcomes for patients across the nation.”

“Collaboration is key to managing high blood pressure,” added AHA President Robert Harrington, M.D. “When doctors, clinics, patients and organizations like the American Heart Association and American Medical Association are all working toward the same goal, we have the opportunity for great success.”