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HopeHealth earns national recognition for efforts to reduce number of patients with uncontrolled blood pressure

HopeHealth has been recognized by the American Heart Association and American Medical Association for their commitment to helping improve blood pressure control rates among the patient populations we serve, earning Silver level recognition as part of the 2021 “Target: BP” Recognition Program.

The Silver Award recognizes practices that have demonstrated a commitment to improving blood pressure control through measurement accuracy.

“Being recognized by the AHA and AMA for our efforts in the treatment and management of high blood pressure is a tremendous achievement” said Tammy Garris, clinical data controller at HopeHealth. “The providers and staff of HopeHealth have taken on the challenge of treating hypertension in our patients through evidence-based care that includes medications, nutrition counseling, and physical activity counseling. Recognition at this level, during a global pandemic and at a time when so many medical staff are overwhelmed, brings with it a renewed sense of accomplishment and purpose, something we all need after the last year.”

Hypertension (high BP) is a leading risk factor for heart attacks, strokes, and preventable death in the U.S. In addition, there are 121.5 million U.S. adults living with high BP and less than half of those people have their BP under control – making both diagnosing and effectively managing hypertension critical. The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention states that heart disease and stroke continue to kill more people in the U.S. than other causes.

“Hypertension is the most common chronic disease treated at HopeHealth,” said Dr. Edward Behing, HopeHealth chief medical officer. “Our partnerships with the American Heart Association and the American Medical Association have enhanced our ability to assess and treat high blood pressure. I am proud of the compassionate team at HopeHealth that provides excellent care for the patients who trust us with their health!”

Target: BP is a national collaboration between the AHA and the AMA aimed at reducing the number of Americans 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 through use of AMA MAP BP™ evidence-based protocols and recognizes HopeHealth‘s commitment to improving blood pressure control.

The program celebrates physician practices and health systems, who treat patients with hypertension, for achieving BP control rates at or above 70 percent within the populations they serve. These achievements will ultimately lead to a reduction in the number of Americans who suffer heart attacks and strokes. Learn more at



HopeHealth educates its patients on the importance of having a health care home. As a primary care facility, HopeHealth’s medical team works to prevent and detect illness and the early onset of disease, provide routine physical examinations and promote overall healthy lifestyles.

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