Aspirus Divine Savior Recognized for Efforts to Reduce Blood Pressure

Aspirus Divine Savior Hospital and Clinic has been recognized by the American Heart Association (AHA) and American Medical Association (AMA) for its commitment to improving blood pressure (BP) control rates, earning silver level recognition as part of the Target: BP™ initiative.


The Silver award recognizes practices that have demonstrated a commitment to improving blood pressure control through measurement accuracy. Aspirus Divine Savior was one of 13 health care facilities in Wisconsin to receive the silver level recognition. 


“High blood pressure, or hypertension, is a leading risk factor for heart attacks, strokes, kidney disease and dementia as well as preventable death in the U.S.,” said Aspirus Portage Clinic Family Medicine Physician Susan Kreckman, M.D. “The good news is it can often be prevented or managed if diagnosed and treated properly.”


There are 121.5 million U.S. adults living with hypertension which is nearly half of all adults in the country. Unfortunately, less than half of them have their BP under control, making both diagnosis and effective management critical.1 In the U.S., heart disease and stroke are the No. 1 and No. 5 causes of death, respectively, and stroke is a leading cause of disability. 


“Addressing blood pressure management is key for better cardiovascular health – and critical today, when heart disease and stroke continue to be leading causes of death for adults in the U.S.,” said Walter Kao, MD, an Aspirus Cardiologist at Aspirus Divine Savior. 


Target: BP is a national collaboration between the AHA and AMA aimed at reducing the number of adults in the U.S. 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 using evidence-based protocols and recognizes [name of organization]’s commitment to improving hypertension control.


“By committing to helping more people in Portage control their blood pressure and reduce their risks for future heart disease and stroke, Aspirus Divine Savior is taking a key step to helping more people live longer, healthier lives,” said Howard Haft, M.D., MMM, CPE, FACPE, volunteer expert for the AHA and executive director of the Maryland Primary Care Program, in Baltimore. Aspirus Health’s participation in the Target: BP initiative shows its dedication to turning clinical guidelines into lifelines for patients and their families.”