Largo, FL – Largo Medical Center has received the American Heart Association/American Stroke Association’s Get With The Guidelines® - Stroke Gold Plus Quality Achievement Award. The award recognizes Largo Medical Center’s commitment and success in implementing excellent care for stroke patients, according to evidence-based guidelines.
To receive the award, Largo Medical Center achieved of 85 percent or higher adherence to all Get With The Guidelines-Stroke Quality Achievement indicators for two or more consecutive 12-month intervals and achieved 75 percent or higher compliance with six of 10 Get With The Guidelines-Stroke Quality Measures, which are reporting initiatives to measure quality of care.
“With a stroke, time lost is brain lost, and the Get With The Guidelines® - Stroke Gold Plus Quality Achievement Award demonstrates Largo Medical Center’s commitment to being one of the top hospitals in the area for providing aggressive, proven stroke care,” said Anthony Degina, Chief Executive Officer, Largo Medical Center. “We will continue with our focus on providing care that has been shown in the scientific literature to quickly and efficiently treat stroke patients with evidence-based protocols.”
According to the American Heart Association/American Stroke Association, stroke is one of the leading causes of death and serious, long-term disability in the United States. On average, someone suffers a stroke every 40 seconds; someone dies of a stroke every four minutes; and 795,000 people suffer a new or recurrent stroke each year.
“The time is right for Largo Medical Center to be focused on improving the quality of stroke care by implementing Get With The Guidelines® - Stroke,” said Brenda Simpson, RN, Chief Nursing Officer, Largo Medical Center. “The number of acute ischemic stroke patients eligible for treatment is expected to grow over the next decade due to increasing stroke incidence and a large aging population.”
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