(LARGO, FL – MAY 2016) – Largo Medical Center is the only hospital in Tampa Bay to receive the Get With The Guidelines®-AFIB Silver Quality Achievement Award* 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.
Get With The Guidelines-AFIB was developed to assist healthcare professionals to provide the most up-to-date, research-based guidelines for patients with atrial fibrillation, an irregular heartbeat that can lead to stroke and other complications.
Largo Medical Center earned the award by meeting specific quality achievement measures including proper use of medications and aggressive risk reduction therapies, such as safe anticoagulants to prevent stroke. Also evaluated is the usage of medications to stabilize the heart rate and rhythm and other medications needed to treat additional heart disease. Before they are discharged, patients receive education on managing their condition and stroke risk, counseling if needed, and plans on follow-up care.
“Largo Medical Center is dedicated to improving the quality of care for our patients with atrial fibrillation, and implementing the American Heart Association’s Get With The Guidelines-AFIB program helps us accomplish this goal by tracking and measuring our success in meeting internationally-respected clinical guidelines,” said Anthony Degina, CEO, Largo Medical Center.
“We are pleased to recognize Largo Medical Center for their commitment to atrial fibrillation care,” 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.
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About Largo Medical Center
Largo Medical Center is a 425-bed statutory teaching hospital serving Pinellas County from three campuses. The hospital provides Atrial Fibrillation Care at the AFib & Heart Rhythm Centers, Behavioral Healthcare, Breast Healthcare at the Florida Breast Institute, Cardiovascular Services, Clinical Research, Company Care Occupational Healthcare, Emergency Care at 3 campuses, H2U health and wellness program, Hepatobiliary Care at The Hepatobiliary Center, Imaging and Diagnostic Services, Kidney Transplants at the Transplant Institute of Florida, Limb Saving at the Florida Limb Saving Institute, Orthopedic Care at the Florida Orthopedic Pavilion, Inpatient, Outpatient and Cardiopulmonary Rehabilitation, Palliative Care, Robotic Surgery, Sleep Disorders Care, Sports Medicine Care with the Florida Sports Medicine Center, Spine and Neurologic Care at the Florida Spine & Neuro Center, Surgical Weight Loss/Bariatric Surgery at the Florida Bariatric Centers and Wound Care with Hyperbaric Medicine. Largo Medical Center has an American Osteopathic Association Accredited Graduate Medical Education program that is the West Coast Academic Center for NOVA Southeastern University and is affiliated with the USF Morsani College of Medicine. The hospital is recognized by The Joint Commission as a Top Performer on Key Quality Measures, a Certified Advanced Heart Failure Center and an Advanced Primary Stroke Center. We have an accredited AFib Center, Breast Center, Cancer Care program, Chest Pain Center with PCI and Inpatient Rehabilitation program. Learn more at LargoMedical.com. Like us on Facebook. Follow us on Twitter.
About Get With The Guidelines
Get With The Guidelines® is the American Heart Association/American Stroke Association’s hospital-based quality improvement program provides hospitals with the latest research-based guidelines. Developed with the goal of saving lives and hastening recovery, Get With The Guidelines has touched the lives of more than 6 million patients since 2001. For more information, check out heart.org.
*No other hospital in Tampa Bay received a silver or higher afib quality achievement award from the American Heart Association during this timeframe.