Largo Medical Center May 09, 2017

Left to right: Kathy Fenelon, AHA awarding Anthony Degina, CEO, Largo Medical Center hospital quality awards.

Largo, FL - Today at Largo Medical Center’s 9th Annual Stroke Smart event, hospital CEO, Anthony Degina, was presented with not one but three quality accolades from the American Heart Association/American Stroke Association.

“Largo Medical Center is dedicated to improving the quality of care for our heart and stroke patients,” said Anthony Degina, Chief Executive Officer, Largo Medical Center. “Implementing the American Heart Association’s Get With The Guidelines programs helps us accomplish this goal by tracking and measuring our success in meeting internationally-respected clinical guidelines.”

The awards include:

  • The Get With The Guidelines® - AFIB Gold Quality Achievement Award – Only gold quality award in Tampa Bay
  • The Get With The Guidelines® - Stroke Gold Plus Quality Achievement Award
  • The Mission: Lifeline STEMI Receiving Center Gold Plus Quality Achievement Award

The Get With The Guidelines®n-AFIB Gold Quality Achievement Award is received for implementing specific quality improvement measures outlined by the American Heart Association/American College of Cardiology/Heart Rhythm Society guidelines for the management of patients with atrial fibrillation. The Get With The Guidelines® - Stroke Gold Plus Quality Achievement Award recognizes the hospital’s commitment and success in ensuring stroke patients receive the most appropriate treatment according to nationally recognized, research-based guidelines based on the latest scientific evidence. The Mission: Lifeline STEMI Receiving Center Gold Plus Quality Achievement Award is for implementing specific quality improvement measures outlines by the American Heart Association for the treatment of patients who suffer severe heart attacks.

“We are pleased to recognize the staff and physicians at Largo Medical Center for their commitment to the care of heart and stroke patients,” said Paul Heidenreich, M.D., M.S., national chairman of the Get With The Guidelines Steering Committee and Professor of Medicine at Stanford University. “Research has shown there are benefits to patients who are treated at hospitals that have adopted the Get With The Guidelines program. Get With The Guidelines research has demonstrated the impact of lowering 30-day readmissions and reducing mortality rates.”

According to the American Heart Association, more than 2.7 million adults suffer from atrial fibrillation. The condition accounts for about one-third of hospitalizations for cardiac rhythm disturbance and is associated with a five-fold increase risk of stroke. Proper treatment of atrial fibrillation can reduce these risks. The Association reports stroke is the No. 5 cause of death and a leading cause of adult disability in the United States. On average, someone in the U.S. suffers a stroke every 40 seconds, someone dies of a stroke every four minutes, and nearly 800,000 people suffer a new or recurrent stroke each year.

To learn more about these awards or for an interview with Anthony Degina, CEO, Largo Medical Center, please contact Tammy Robiconti, Director of Marketing and Public Relations at (727) 348-1896 or Email.