Family Health Care receives recognition for Gold Standard care

Target: BP promotes life saving measures

Family Health Care was nationally recognized for its commitment to improving blood pressure (BP) control rates.

Family Health Care was nationally recognized for its commitment to improving blood pressure (BP) control rates.

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BALDWIN — Family Health Care in Baldwin has been recognized by the American Heart Association and American Medical Association for its commitment to improving blood pressure control rates, earning Gold-level recognition as part of the Target: BP initiative, according to a recent news release.

The Gold award recognizes practices in which high blood pressure is controlled in 70 percent or more of the adult patients affected.

High blood pressure, or hypertension, is a leading risk factor for heart attacks, strokes and preventable death in the U.S. There are 121.5 million adults currently living with hypertension. That’s nearly half of all adults in the country. Unfortunately, less than half of them have their BP under control, making both diagnosis and effective management critical. In the U.S., heart disease and stroke are the number one and number five causes of death, respectively, and stroke is a leading cause of disability. 

“Addressing blood pressure management is key for better cardiovascular health and critical today as heart disease and stroke continue to be leading causes of death for adults in the U.S.,” said Amy Tompkins, quality director for Family Health Care. “High blood pressure is a leading risk factor of heart disease and stroke that can often be prevented or managed if diagnosed and treated properly.”

Target: BP is a national collaboration between the American Heart Association and American Medical Association aimed at reducing the number of adults in the U.S. who suffer from heart attacks and strokes each year by urging physician practices, health systems and patients to prioritize BP control. The initiative aims to help health care organizations improve blood pressure control rates using evidence-based protocols and recognizes Family Health Care’s commitment to improving hypertension control. 

“By committing to helping more people in West Central Michigan control their blood pressure and reduce their risks for future heart disease and stroke, Family Health Care is taking a key step to helping more people live longer, healthier lives,” said Howard Haft, M.D., MMM, CPE, FACPE, volunteer expert for the AHA and executive director of the Maryland Primary Care Program, in Baltimore. “Family Health Care’s participation in the Target: BP initiative shows its dedication to turning clinical guidelines into lifelines for patients and their families.”