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Regional Director of Marketing and Communications

Suburban Community Hospital Nationally Recognized for Commitment to Providing High-Quality Heart Failure Care

The American Heart Association presents Get With The Guidelines® – Heart Failure Gold Plus award for proven dedication to ensuring all heart failure patients have access to best practices and life-saving care

East Norriton, PA (June 14, 2022)— Suburban Community Hospital has once again earned national recognition by the American Heart Association’s Gold Plus Award Get With The Guidelines® – Heart Failure quality achievement award for its commitment to improving outcomes for patients with heart failure, resulting in reduced readmissions and more healthy days at home.

“Congratulations to all our employees who helped us reach this honorable recognition from the American Heart Association,” said James Hazlett, CNO of Suburban Community Hospital. “The American Heart Association award shows the comprehensive care capabilities our health system possesses, and how we’re prepared to take care of our community, regardless of their cardiac needs. From prevention, to diagnosis, and treatment, there is peace of mind you’re receiving high-quality care at our hospital.”

About 6.2 million U.S. adults are living with heart failure (HF). Despite the name, HF doesn’t mean that the heart has stopped working – it means the heart is having a hard time pumping blood and oxygen throughout the body. While there’s no cure for HF, patients can live a quality life by working with their health care team to create and stick with a plan that may include medication, symptom monitoring and lifestyle changes.

The Get With The Guidelines – Heart Failure quality achievement award is earned by hospitals that demonstrate a commitment to treating patients according to the most up-to-date guidelines as outlined by the American Heart Association. Get With The Guidelines puts the expertise of the American Heart Association to work for hospitals nationwide, helping ensure patient care is aligned with the latest research- and evidence-based guidelines. The program aims to increasing healthy days at home and reduce hospital readmissions for heart failure patients.

Hazlett added, “Get With The Guidelines makes it easier for our teams to put proven knowledge and guidelines to work on a daily basis and to ensure more people in Montgomery County can experience longer, healthier lives.”

Each year, program participants qualify for the award recognition by demonstrating how their organization has committed to providing quality care for HF patients. In addition to following treatment guidelines, Get With The Guidelines participants also provide education to patients to help them manage their HF at home.

“I am extremely proud of our cardiovascular team of dedicated and hardworking physicians, nurses and staff at Suburban Community Hospital for achieving this recognition,” said Mohamad Taha, MD, Medical Director of Cardiology at Suburban Community Hospital. “We take great pride in these Achievement Awards from the American Heart Association, including our seventh consecutive recognition for stroke care. They reflect our staff’s dedication to improving every patient’s chances of survival and recovery.”

“We are pleased to recognize the leaders and teams at Suburban Community Hospital for a strong commitment to caring for people with heart failure,” said Clyde W. Yancy, M.D., MSc, MACC, FAHA, MACP, FHFSA, national chairperson of the American Heart Association Heart Failure Systems of Ccare Advisory Group and chief, Division of Cardiology at Northwestern University, Feinberg School of Medicine. “Hospitals that participate in Get With The Guidelines quality improvement programs often see better patient outcomes, fewer readmissions and lower mortality rates – a win for health care systems, families and communities.”

Suburban Community Hospital additionally received the American Heart Association’s Target: type 2 Diabetes Honor Roll™ award. Target: type 2 Diabetes aims to ensure patients with type 2 diabetes, who might be at higher risk for complications, receive the most up-to-date, evidence-based care when hospitalized due to heart disease or stroke.


About Get With The Guidelines

Get With The Guidelines® is the American Heart Association/American Stroke Association’s hospital-based quality improvement program that provides hospitals with the latest research-based guidelines. Developed with the goal of saving lives and hastening recovery, Get With The Guidelines has touched the lives of more than 12 million patients since 2001. For more information, visit

About Suburban Community Hospital: Suburban Community Hospital is a not-for-profit, acute care hospital, and a member of the Prime Healthcare Foundation, a 501(c)(3) public charity. For over 65 years, Suburban Community Hospital has been delivering quality healthcare to Montgomery County and the surrounding region. Suburban Community Hospital, originally named Riverview Hospital, opened in 1944. Chartered at 740 Sandy Street in Norristown, PA, Riverview Osteopathic Hospital would provide medical and surgical services to the sick, afflicted, and injured, and would educate persons in the care and nursing. As part of Prime Healthcare Services, headquartered in Ontario, California, Suburban Community Hospital is focused on becoming one of the leaders in technology.

Prime Healthcare is an award-winning hospital management company operating 45 acute care hospitals in 14 states, including Roxborough Memorial Hospital in Philadelphia, Lower Bucks Hospital in Bucks County, and Suburban Community Hospital in Montgomery County.

About Prime Healthcare and Prime Healthcare Foundation: Prime Healthcare is an award-winning health system operating 45 hospitals and more than 300 outpatient locations in 14 states, providing over 2.6 million patient visits annually. It is one of the nation’s leading health systems with nearly 50,000 employees and physicians dedicated to providing the highest quality healthcare. Fourteen of the Prime Healthcare hospitals are members of the Prime Healthcare Foundation, a 501(c)(3) not-for-profit public charity. Based in Ontario, California, Prime Healthcare is nationally recognized for award-winning quality care and has been named a Top 10 and Top 15 Health System by IBM Watson Health. Its hospitals have been named among the nation’s “100 Top Hospitals” 58 times and have received more Patient Safety Excellence Awards from Healthgrades than any other health system in the past six years. To learn more, please visit