Largo Medical Center September 10, 2014

Largo, FL - HCA West Florida is pleased to announce that five of its AFib & Heart Rhythm Centers have become the only hospitals in the Tampa Bay area to receive Atrial Fibrillation Certification. This certification is granted by the Society of Cardiovascular Patient Care. Receiving hospitals include Brandon Regional Hospital, Edward White Hospital, Largo Medical Center, Northside Hospital, and St. Petersburg General Hospital. The SCPC specialized certification is limited to facilities that demonstrate expertise and commitment to quality patient care by meeting a wide set of stringent criteria and undergoing a comprehensive review.

“Atrial fibrillation affects nearly 5 million Americans, and can increase the risk of stroke fivefold – so when the SCPC launched this program, we jumped at the chance to ensure we’re doing what we can to enhance quality of life for these patients,” said Peter A. Marmerstein, FACHE, President of HCA West Florida.

The five certified hospitals, along with Regional Medical Center Bayonet Point and Palms of Pasadena Hospital, are part of HCA West Florida’s AFib & Heart Rhythm Centers, whose goal is to promote education and cardiac wellness for patients with a variety of arrhythmias.