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Preventing heart attack, stroke, one heart at a time

Million Hearts 2019The Utah Department of Health recognized U of U Health's community clinics for their efforts to treat & care for patients with high blood pressure. The awards are part of the Utah Million Hearts Coalition, a local effort of the national Million Hearts initiative, which is made up of public and private health care organizations dedicated to preventing heart attacks and strokes. ​

Edwin Espinel, a health systems specialist from the state department of health, presented the awards to clinic managers, nursing leads, and medical directors. “I’m encouraged to see our partnership [with U of U Health] continue forward,” Espinel said. “Their expertise, knowledge, and collaboration with us this past year is second to none.”

The following clinics were recognized:

  • Centerville Health Center
  • Farmington Health Center
  • Greenwood Health Center
  • Madsen Family Medicine
  • Parkway Health Center
  • Redstone Health Center
  • Redwood Health Center
  • South Jordan Health Center
  • South Ogden Health Center
  • Stansbury Health Center
  • Sugar House Family Medicine
  • Westridge Health Center

Almost 33 percent of Americans have high blood pressure, and only half have it under control. The recognized clinics shared verifiable high blood pressure control data with the Utah Million Hearts Coalition. They also highlighted successful strategies or best practices they adopted, such as the use of health information technology or team-based care, including: 

  • Making blood pressure measurement accuracy a priority
  • Using evidence-based guidelines and protocols for high blood pressure diagnosis
  • Continually training staff on correct measurement protocols
  • Using team-based care models to improve patient engagement
  • Implementing consistent, strategic use of electronic health records that include patient reminders and visit summaries
  • Staying engaged with patients by offering support and education tools​

More information about the Utah Million Hearts Coalition is available here.