Heart & Vascular Center Earns Blood Pressure Award

NorthBay Healthcare and the NorthBay Heart & Vascular Center were recognized by the American Heart Association (AHA) and the American Medical Association (AMA) 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, 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.

The initiative aims to help health care organizations improve blood pressure control rates through use of the AMA’s evidence-based 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.