Elliot Health System announces it has received the American Heart Association’s Get With The Guidelines® – Resuscitation Silver Award for its commitment to quality in treating in-hospital cardiac arrest, ultimately helping to improve survival rates. Elliot Health System received the award for meeting specific measures in newly born patients who experience cardiac arrest at Elliot Hospital.


“We are committed to the highest quality patient care by adhering to the latest resuscitation guidelines,” said Martha Leighton, SVP Patient Care Services & Chief Nursing Officer, Elliot Health System. “Get With The Guidelines helps our teams to use proven knowledge and guidelines on a daily basis, which studies show can help more patients who have cardiac arrest survive. The end goal is to ensure more people in the communities we serve will have longer, healthier lives.”


Each year, more than 300,000 adults and children experience an in-hospital cardiac arrest[1], according to the American Heart Association. Survival from cardiac arrest largely depends on timely medical emergency team response and effective CPR.


“We are pleased to recognize Elliot Health System for its commitment in following these guidelines,” said Tia Raymond, M.D., national chairperson of the American Heart Association’s Resuscitation Systems of Care Advisory Group and a pediatric cardiac intensivist at Medical City Children’s Hospital, in Dallas. “Hospitals that participate in Get With The Guidelines® often see improved patient outcomes and improved survival rates – a win for health care systems, families and communities.”


The Get With The Guidelines® – Resuscitation program was developed to help save lives of patients who experience in-hospital cardiac arrests by consistently following the most up-to-date research-based guidelines for treatment as outlined by the American Heart Association. Guidelines include following protocols for patient safety, medical emergency team response, effective and timely resuscitation (CPR) and post-resuscitation care. Get With The Guidelines® puts the expertise of the American Heart Association to work for hospitals nationwide, helping ensure the care provided to patients is aligned with the latest evidence- and research-based guidelines.


1 Annual Incidence of Adult and Pediatric In-Hospital Cardiac Arrest in the United States, 9 Jul 2019, Circulation: Cardiovascular Quality and Outcomes https://www.ahajournals.org/doi/10.1161/CIRCOUTCOMES.119.005580