ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. (July 12, 2023) — HCA Florida St. Petersburg Hospital has received the American Heart Association’s Get With The Guidelines® – Stroke Silver Plus quality achievement award for its commitment to ensuring stroke patients receive the most appropriate treatment according to nationally recognized, research-based guidelines, ultimately leading to more lives saved and reduced disability.
Stroke is the No. 5 cause of death and a leading cause of disability in the U.S.
A stroke occurs when a blood vessel that carries oxygen and nutrients to the brain is either blocked by a clot or bursts. When that happens, part of the brain cannot get the blood and oxygen it needs, so brain cells die. Early stroke detection and treatment are key to improving survival, minimizing disability and accelerating recovery times.
“We’re excited to receive this recognition of the commitment our caregivers have to providing exceptional care to our patients,” said CEO Sally Seymour. “Get With The Guidelines provides our team with the latest treatment guidelines, helping stroke patients recover and experience longer, healthier lives.”
Get With The Guidelines puts the expertise of the American Heart Association and American Stroke Association to work for hospitals nationwide, helping ensure patient care is aligned with the latest evidence- and research-based guidelines. Get With The Guidelines – Stroke is an in-hospital program for improving stroke care by promoting consistent adherence to these guidelines, which can minimize the long-term effects of a stroke and even prevent death.
Each year, program participants qualify for the award by demonstrating how their organization has committed to providing quality care for stroke patients. In addition to following treatment guidelines, Get With The Guidelines participants also educate patients to help them manage their health and recovery at home.
HCA Florida St. Petersburg Hospital also received the American Heart Association’s Target: Type 2 Diabetes Honor Roll award which aims to ensure patients with Type 2 diabetes, who might be at higher risk for complications, receive the most up-to-date, evidence-based care when hospitalized due to stroke.
The hospital has earned Advanced Certification from The Joint Commission as a Primary Stroke Center.
Award Logo: Stroke SILVER PLUS with Target: Type 2 Diabetes Honor Roll Achievement Award
As part of the HCA Healthcare network, HCA Florida St. Petersburg Hospital is a Joint Commission accredited full-service 215-bed hospital serving communities in St. Petersburg, Fla., and surrounding areas. This facility provides comprehensive health care services for patients and families, including acute care, emergency services, intensive care, imaging and diagnostics, and surgical services, including minimally invasive robotic surgery. The hospital specializes in women’s services, including obstetrics, gynecology and labor and delivery. HCA Florida St. Petersburg Hospital is a Blue Distinction Center for Maternity Care and received a Healthgrades Gynecologic Surgery Excellence Award and five-star ratings in vaginal, c-section, and gynecological procedures. For more information, visit www.hcafloridahealthcare.com/stpetersburghospital.