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Presbyterian Named National High Blood Pressure Control Champion

March 5, 2015

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. –Presbyterian Healthcare Services is one of 30 health care systems across the country recognized by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services’ Million Hearts initiative for success in helping patients control high blood pressure.

Each of the 2014 Hypertension Control Champions—which include healthcare organizations in 19 states—achieved high blood pressure control rates of 70 percent or more. Presbyterian was the only organization in New Mexico recognized.

“At Presbyterian, our focus is to improve the health of the communities we serve,” said Jason Mitchell, MD, Chief Medical and Clinical Transformation Officer, Presbyterian Healthcare Services. “High blood pressure is common and relatively easy to treat but it can lead to serious health problems if it is not well-controlled. By focusing on controlling high blood pressure rates we are making a significant impact in our patient’s lives. We are proud to be recognized for this effort.”

In 2013, Presbyterian began a population health management initiative designed to better identify and treat high blood pressure. The effort included identifying patients with high blood pressure and developing new ways to manage their condition. These methods include evidence-based protocols for clinicians, point-of-care decision support through the electronic health record system, and staying engaged with patients by offering free blood pressure checks as well as medication reviews by clinical pharmacists.

Nearly 1 in 3 American adults has high blood pressure. Only half have it under control, putting them at greater risk of developing heart disease or stroke—two of the leading causes of death in the U.S.

“Million Hearts launched this challenge in 2012 to recognize clinicians and health care teams across the country for helping their patients protect heart health,” said Center for Disease Control Director Tom Frieden, M.D., M.P.H., in a press release. “We implore other health systems to follow the lead of these physicians and clinics which are succeeding in saving lives and preventing disability from avoidable heart disease and stroke.”

For more information about the Hypertension Control Challenge and the 2014 Champions, please visit the 2014 Million Hearts® Hypertension Control Challenge Champions website

Million Hearts is a national initiative to prevent 1 million heart attacks and strokes by 2017. CDC co-leads the initiative with the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services. CDC developed the Hypertension Control Challenge as part of its efforts to identify prevention strategies that help patients achieve blood pressure control.

For details, visit the Million Hearts® website


About Presbyterian Healthcare Services
Presbyterian Healthcare Services exists to improve the health of patients, members and the communities we serve. Presbyterian was founded in New Mexico in 1908, and is the state's only private, not-for-profit healthcare system. Presbyterian has eight hospitals, a statewide health plan, and a growing multi-specialty medical group. Presbyterian is the second largest private employer in New Mexico with more than 10,000 employees.

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