Become a Pathfinder Hospital with the Rural Health Care Outcomes Accelerator

June 6, 2023

Become a Pathfinder Hospital with the Rural Health Care Outcomes Accelerator

The American Heart Association® has opened applications for rural hospitals, like yours, to join the Rural Health Care Outcomes Accelerator. Participation in the accelerator connects hospitals across the country at no-cost, as pathfinders in quality improvement and patient outcomes.

Join peers, with the support of the American Heart Association, to optimize acute care and align with clinical practice guidelines, using resources built specifically to meet rural health care needs.

What is the Rural Health Care Outcomes Accelerator?

The Situation:

Americans living in rural areas face higher mortality rates than urban residents. Data indicates that rural residents are at a 30% higher risk of stroke, are 40% more likely to develop heart disease, and live an average of three years fewer than their urban counterparts.

Longer, Healthier Lives

In response to the discrepancy between rural and urban mortality, the American Heart Association has launched the Rural Health Care Outcomes Accelerator  with the goal of ensuring that Americans living in rural areas have the best possible chance of survival and the highest quality of life attainable by promoting consistent, timely and appropriate evidence-based care.

Participation in the accelerator provides no-cost access to newly added quality improvement programs, 1-on-1 consultation, education and resources, and collaboration with a community of peers to support rural hospitals in achieving this goal together.

What is Included:

  • No-cost access to any newly added Get with the Guidelines® Heart Failure, Coronary Artery Disease and/or Stroke programs through December 31, 2025
  • 1:1 rural quality consultation services
  • American Heart Association-facilitated stroke and cardiac rural learning collaboratives
  • Access to clinical experts and thought leaders through conferences and webinars
  • Access to guidelines and statements through American Heart Association Professional Membership
  • Pre-built toolkit of marketing resources to communicate with your community
  • No-cost clinical continuing education courses via American Heart Association’s Lifelong Learning Center
  • Inclusion in the Rural Community Network, an exclusive online networking community built for rural hospitals to share resources and collaborate
  • Optional reporting for disease-specific cardiac and stroke Health Care Certification Programs
  • Get With The Guidelines Rural Recognition Programs for Stroke and Coronary Artery Disease that bring equity to recognition, awarding hospitals on the high quality acute care delivered prior to patient transfer

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