Get With the Guidelines® – Stroke Gold Plus Quality Achievement Award
American Heart Association Award recognizes Florida Medical Center’s commitment to quality stroke care
Florida Medical Center (FMC) earned the American Heart Association/American Stroke Association’s Get With the Guidelines® – Stroke Gold Plus Quality Achievement Award. The award recognizes the hospital’s commitment to ensuring stroke patients receive the most appropriate treatment according to nationally recognized, research-based guidelines based on the latest scientific evidence.
FMC earned the award by meeting specific quality achievement measures for the diagnosis and treatment of stroke patients at a set level for a designated period. These measures include evaluation of the proper use of medications and other stroke treatments aligned with the most up-to-date, evidence-based guidelines with the goal of speeding recovery and reducing death and disability for stroke patients. Before discharge, patients should also receive education on managing their health, get a follow-up visit scheduled, as well as other care transition interventions.
“Florida Medical Center is dedicated to improving the quality of care for our stroke patients by implementing the American Heart Association’s Get With the Guidelines – Stroke initiative,” said Jeffrey M. Welch, hospital CEO. “The tools and resources provided help us track and measure our success in meeting evidenced-based clinical guidelines developed to improve patient outcomes. It is important not to ignore the symptoms of a stroke, and if you think you or a loved one are having a stroke, call 911.”
FMC additionally earned the association’s Target: Stroke Honor Roll Advanced Therapy Award. To qualify for this recognition, hospitals must meet quality measures developed to reduce the time between the patient’s arrival at the hospital and treatment with the clot-buster tissue plasminogen activator, or TPA, the only drug approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration to treat ischemic stroke.
FMC additionally earned the association’s Type 2 Honor Roll Award. To qualify for this recognition, hospitals must meet quality measures developed with more than 90% of compliance for 12 consecutive months for the “Overall Diabetes Cardiovascular Initiative Composite Score.”
FMC has also met specific scientific guidelines as a Primary/Comprehensive Stroke Center, featuring a comprehensive system for rapid diagnosis and treatment of stroke patients admitted to the emergency department.
“We are pleased to recognize Florida Medical Center for their commitment to stroke 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/American Stroke Association, stroke is the number five cause of death and a leading cause of adult disability in the U.S. On average, someone in the U.S. suffers a stroke every 40 seconds and nearly 795,000 people suffer a new or recurrent stroke each year.
About Florida Medical Center – a campus of North Shore
Florida Medical Center – a campus of North Shore is a 459-bed acute care hospital, owned and operated by Tenet Healthcare Corporation. Serving its communities since 1973, Florida Medical Center is a long-standing leader in cardiovascular care and home to The Heart Institute of Florida, a center for cardiac services and accredited Chest Pain Center with PCI. Florida Medical Center was the first hospital in Broward County to perform open heart surgery. Florida Medical Center offers a broad range of medical and surgical services including: neurology and neurosurgery, a comprehensive orthopedics program, urology, psychiatry, gynecology, diagnostic imaging, pain center, wound care, diabetes education and 24-hour emergency services. The hospital has been granted numerous awards and was the first in South Florida to receive recognition as a Center of Excellence for Metabolic & Bariatric Surgery and Robotic Surgery, as recognized by the Surgical Review Corporation. Florida Medical Center has been a recipient of the American Heart Association’s Get With the Guidelines in 2013, 2014, 2015, 2016, 2017, 2018 and is fully accredited by the Joint Commission. For more information, resources and to follow us on social media, please visit www.FloridaMedCtr.com.