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Largo Medical Center Receives American Heart Association’s Get With The Guidelines-Heart Failure Gold Quality Achievement Award

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February 26, 2013

Largo, FL — Largo Medical Center has received the Get With The Guidelines®–Heart Failure Gold Quality Achievement Award from the American Heart Association. The recognition signifies that Largo Medical Center has reached an aggressive goal of treating heart failure patients according to the guidelines of care recommended by the American Heart Association/American College of Cardiology.

 This marks the fifth year that Largo Medical Center has been recognized with a quality achievement award.

 Get With The Guidelines–Heart Failure helps Largo Medical Center’s staff develop and implement acute and secondary prevention guideline processes to improve patient care and outcomes. The program provides hospitals with a web-based patient management tool, best practice discharge protocols and standing orders, along with a robust registry and real-time benchmarking capabilities to track performance.

 The quick and efficient use of guideline procedures can improve the quality of care for heart failure patients, save lives and ultimately, reduce healthcare costs by lowering the recurrence of heart attacks. 

 “Recent studies show that patients treated in hospitals participating in the American Heart Association’s Get With The Guidelines-Heart Failure program receive a higher quality of care and may experience better outcomes,” said Lee H. Schwamm, M.D., chair of the Get With The Guidelines National Steering Committee and director of the TeleStroke and Acute Stroke Services at Massachusetts General Hospital in Boston, Mass. “The Largo Medical Center team is to be commended for their commitment to improving the care of their patients.”

 Following Get With The Guidelines–Heart Failure treatment guidelines, heart failure patients are started on aggressive risk-reduction therapies if needed, including cholesterol-lowering drugs, beta-blockers, ACE inhibitors, aspirin, diuretics and anticoagulants while in the hospital. Before discharge, they also receive education on managing their heart failure and overall health, including lifestyle modifications and follow-up care. Hospitals must adhere to these measures at a set level for a designated period of time to be eligible for the achievement awards. 

“Largo Medical Center is dedicated to making our care for heart failure patients among the best in the country. Our recent recognition from the American Heart Association illustrates that we earned it for performance in our Get With The Guidelines® quality improvement program”, said Janet Morra, Vice President of Cardiovascular Services at Largo Medical Center.  “This honorable recognition demonstrates that we are on the right track and importantly very proud of our team and their hard work. And that’s something our patients, their families and the whole community can feel good about when being a patient at Largo Medical Center”.

If you would like to conduct an interview regarding Largo Medical Center’s Get With The Guidelines-Heart Failure Gold Quality Achievement Award, please call (727) 587-7576.

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