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.”
To learn more or for an interview, please contact Tammy Robiconti, Director of Marketing and Public Relations at Tammy.Robiconti@HCAHealthcare.com or 727-348-1896.
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, Bariatric (Surgical Weight Loss) Services at the Florida Bariatric Centers, Behavioral Healthcare, Breast Healthcare at the Florida Breast Institute, Cardiovascular Services, Clinical Research, Emergency Care at 3 campuses, the H2U Health and Wellness program, Hepatobiliary Care at The Hepatobiliary Center, Imaging and Diagnostic Services, Kidney & Liver Transplants at the Transplant Institute of Florida, Limb Saving at the Florida Limb Saving Institute, Orthopedic/Total Joint Care at the Florida Orthopedic Pavilion, Inpatient, Outpatient and Cardiopulmonary Rehabilitation, Palliative Care, Robotic Surgery, Spine and Neurologic Care at the Florida Spine & Neuro Center, and Wound Care with Hyperbaric Medicine. Largo Medical Center has AOA and ACGME Accredited Graduate Medical Education programs. The hospital is the West Coast Academic Center for NOVA Southeastern University and is affiliated with the USF Morsani College of Medicine. Largo Medical Center is a Certified Advanced Heart Failure Center and an Advanced Primary Stroke Center. We have an accredited AFib Center, Bariatric (Surgical Weight Loss) Program, Breast Center, Cancer Care program, Chest Pain with PCI and Inpatient Rehabilitation program. Learn more at LargoMedical.com. Like us on Facebook. Follow us on Twitter.