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HCA Healthcare/HealthONE’s Swedish Medical Center Receives Get With The

Guidelines-Heart Failure Gold Plus Quality Achievement Award

American Heart Association Award recognizes Swedish Medical Center’s commitment to quality
heart failure care.

Englewood, CO, June 15, 2019 --(PR.com)-- HCA Healthcare/HealthONE's Swedish Medical Center has
received the American Heart Association's Get With The Guidelines®-Heart Failure Gold Plus Quality
Achievement Award. The award recognizes the hospital's commitment to ensuring heart failure patients
receive the most appropriate treatment according to nationally recognized, research-based guidelines
founded in the latest scientific evidence. The goal is speeding recovery and reducing hospital
readmissions for heart failure patients.

Swedish Medical Center earned the award by meeting specific quality achievement measures for the
diagnosis and treatment of heart failure patients at a set level for a designated period. These measures
include evaluation of the proper use of medications and aggressive risk-reduction therapies. Before
discharge, patients should also receive education on managing their heart failure and overall health, get a
follow-up visit scheduled, as well as other care transition interventions.

“Swedish is dedicated to improving the quality of care for our patients with heart failure by implementing
the American Heart Association's Get With The Guidelines-HF initiative,” said Denise Mathias,
administrative director of cardiovascular services at Swedish Medical Center. “The tools and resources
provided help us track and measure our success in meeting evidenced-based clinical guidelines developed
to improve patient outcomes.”

Swedish Medical Center is also recognized on the association's Target: Heart Failure(SM) Honor Roll.
Hospitals are required to meet specific criteria that improves medication adherence, provides early
follow-up care and coordination and enhances patient education. The goal is to reduce hospital
readmissions and help patients improve their quality of life in managing this chronic condition.

“We are pleased to recognize Swedish Medical Center for their commitment to heart failure care,” said
Lee H. Schwamm, M.D., national chairperson of the Quality Oversight Committee and Executive Vice
Chair of Neurology, Director of Acute Stroke Services, Massachusetts General Hospital, Boston,
Massachusetts. “Research has shown that hospitals adhering to clinical measures through the Get With
The Guidelines quality improvement initiative can often see fewer readmissions and lower mortality
rates.”

According to the American Heart Association, more than 6.5 million adults in the United States are living
with heart failure. Many heart failure patients can lead a full, enjoyable life when their condition is
managed with proper medications or devices and with healthy lifestyle changes.

About Swedish Medical Center

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Swedish Medical Center is located in the south metro Denver area where it has been a proud member of
the community for more than 110 years. An acute care hospital with 408 licensed beds, annually Swedish
cares for more than 200,000 patients with a team of approximately 2,000 dedicated employees, 300
volunteers and 1,400 physicians.

With stroke door to treatment times averaging just 20 minutes, Swedish serves as the Rocky Mountain
Region's referral center for the most advanced stroke treatment, and was the state's first Joint Commission
certified Comprehensive Stroke Center. Swedish also serves as the region's neurotrauma and orthopedic
trauma provider and is a level I trauma facility with a dedicated burn and reconstructive center. Over 150
facilities regularly transfer highly complex cases to Swedish.

Swedish Medical Center is proud to be a part of the HealthONE system of hospitals that earned the
ranking as the #7 corporate philanthropist in the metro area and was the only hospital system ranked in
the top 10. HealthONE contributed more than $1.5 million in 2018 and supports over 150 organizations
through cash and in-kind donations. Additional information is available at www.SwedishHospital.com.

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 6 million patients since 2001. For more information, visit heart.org.

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Contact Information:
Swedish Medical Center
Kara Hamersky
(303) 817-5708
Contact via Email
www.swedishhospital.com

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