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Hospital Recognized Nationally for Quality Stroke Care

October 06, 2009

West Florida Hospital has received the American Stroke Association’s Get With The Guidelines-StrokeSM (GWTG-Stroke) Silver Performance Achievement Award.  The awards are given for excellence in coronary artery disease, stroke and/or heart failure treatment, and recognize West Florida Hospital’s achievement in using evidence-based guidelines to provide the best possible care to patients through The American Heart Association/American Stroke Association’s GWTG-Stroke Program.  West Florida Hospital has developed a comprehensive system for rapid diagnosis and treatment of stroke patients admitted to the emergency department.  This includes always being equipped to provide brain imaging scans, having neurologists available to conduct patient evaluations and using clot-busting medications when appropriate.

As further recognition, West Florida Hospital and 569 other hospitals were featured in a recent advertisement in the “America’s Best Hospitals” issue of US News & World Report to commemorate their receipt of the Get With The GuidelinesSM Performance Achievement Award.   

Hospitals are recognized in each category in which they achieve at least 85 percent compliance to Get With The GuidelinesSM measures.  Those hospitals marking 85 percent compliance for 24 consecutive months are given the Gold Performance Achievement Award, with the Silver Performance Achievement award going to those with 85 percent compliance for 12 consecutive months.

Get With The GuidelinesSM is a hospital-based quality-improvement program designed to ensure that hospitals consistently care for cardiac and stroke patients following the most up-to-date guidelines and recommendations.  The program addresses coronary artery disease, heart failure and stroke.  Currently more than 1,450 hospitals participate in the program.  The American Heart Association/American Stroke Association’s advertisement recognizes West Florida Hospital’s commitment and success in performance achievement.

“The American Heart Association is pleased to recognize its top Get With The Guidelines participants,” added Lee Schwamm, M.D., national chairman, of the Get With The GuidelinesSM steering committee, associate professor of neurology at Harvard Medical School and Vice Chairman of Neurology at Massachusetts General Hospital.  “Healthcare providers who use Get With The Guidelines are armed with the latest evidence-based guidelines and immediate access to clinical decision support.  The goal of this initiative is to ultimately improve the quality of life and help reduce deaths among heart and stroke patients.”

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