Largo, FL - Largo Medical Center received not one, but four Quality Achievement Awards from the American Heart Association/American Stroke Association during the hospital's recent annual Stroke Smart event. The awards recognize Largo Medical Center's commitment to ensuring stroke and heart disease patients receive the most appropriate treatment according to nationally recognized, research based guidelines based on the latest scientific evidence. The awards received include:
- the Get With The Guidelines-Stroke Gold Plus Quality Achievement Award
- the Get With The Guidelines-Heart Failure Silver Plus Quality Achievement Award
- the Get With The Guidelines-AFIB Gold Quality Achievement Award
- the Mission: Lifeline - STEMI (Heart Attack) Receiving Center - Gold Plus Quality Achievement Award
"Our hospital is dedicated to improving the quality of care for our heart disease and stroke patients by implementing the American Heart Association's guidelines for each initiative behind these awards," said Anthony Degina, Largo Medical Center, CEO. "The tools and resources provided help us track and measure our success in meeting evidenced-based clinical parameters developed to improve patient outcomes."
Largo Medical Center's stroke patient treatment achievements are measured based upon the proper use of medication, other stroke treatments, patient education and transition services. Heart failure patient treatment achievements are based on the proper use of medicine, aggressive risk-reduction therapies, patient education and transition services. Atrial Fibrillation (AFib) patient achievements are based on providing appropriate medications and aggressive risk reduction therapies to stabilize the heart, prevent stroke, treatment of additional heart disease, patient education/counseling on managing their condition and follow up care. STEMI (Heart attack) patient achievements were for meeting standards of performance for quick and appropriate treatment through emergency procedures to re-establish blood flow to blocked arteries.
"We are pleased to recognize Largo Medical Center's staff for their commitment to patient care," said Eric E. Smith, MD, American Heart Association Get With The Guidelines Steering Committee, National Chairman. "Research has shown hospitals adhering to clinical measures through the Get With The Guidelines quality improvement initiative can often see fewer readmissions and lower mortality rates."