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Regional Medical Center Bayonet Point Receives Triple Performance Recognition from the American Heart Association for Turning Guidelines into Lifelines

HUDSON, FL (June 19, 2009) — Regional Medical Center Bayonet Point was recognized for its achievement in implementing the American Heart Association (AHA)/American Stroke Association’s Get With The GuidelinesSM for coronary artery disease, stroke and heart failure, awarding them with the triple performance achievement. It is a true accomplishment to receive recognition in all three disease modules.

Regional Medical Center Bayonet Point has received the Get With The Guidelines Gold Performance Achievement Award in coronary artery disease, the Gold Performance Achievement Award for heart failure and the Silver Performance Achievement Award for stroke. This level of achievement shows Regional Medical Center Bayonet Point’s commitment and success in implementing a higher standard of care for heart disease and stroke patients.

“Regional Medical Center Bayonet Point is dedicated to making our care for heart disease and stroke patients among the best in the country. We will continue in our efforts to build off the success achieved with continued implementation of this valuable program,” said Steve Rector, CEO. “Get With The Guidelines makes it easier for our professionals to improve the long-term outcomes of our cardiac and stroke patients, and we are pleased to be recognized for our dedication and achievements.”

Get With The Guidelines helps ensure that patients treated and discharged receive quality care in accordance with guidelines that will reduce the risk of secondary events. It takes advantage of the “teachable moment,” the time soon after a heart attack or stroke, when patients are most likely to listen to their healthcare professionals’ treatment recommendations. Studies demonstrate that patients who are taught how to manage their risk factors while still in the hospital reduce their risk of a second heart attack or stroke.

This accomplishment signifies that Regional Medical Center Bayonet Point has reached an aggressive goal of treating coronary artery disease, stroke and heart failure patients with greater than 85 percent compliance to core standard levels of care outlined by the American Heart Association/American College of Cardiology secondary prevention guidelines and recommendations.

According to Get With The Guidelines treatment guidelines, patients are started on aggressive risk reduction therapies such as cholesterol-lowering drugs, beta-blockers, ACE inhibitors, aspirin, diuretics and anticoagulants in the hospital, or in the case of stroke, they may receive tPA, antithrombotics and DVT prophylaxis. They also receive alcohol/drug use and thyroid management counseling as well as referrals for cardiac rehabilitation before being discharged.

Regional Medical Center Bayonet Point has consistently and successfully implemented these quality measures for over 12 consecutive months for stroke and over 24 consecutive months for coronary artery disease and heart failure since they began participating in the program.

“The full implementation of acute and secondary prevention guideline recommended therapy is a critical step in reducing death and disability of cardiovascular disease patients,” said Gregg C Fonarow, M.D., National Chairman of the Get With The Guidelines Steering Committee and Director of Ahmanson-UCLA Cardiomyopathy Center. “The goal of the American Heart Association’s Get With The Guidelines program is to help hospitals like Regional Medical Center Bayonet Point implement appropriate evidence-based care and protocols that will reduce the number of deaths in these patients and in their communities. Regional Medical Center Bayonet Point has achieved a high level of performance in terms of implementing these life-prolonging treatments.”

According to the American Heart Association/American Stroke Association, each year approximately 325,000 people suffer a recurrent heart attack, 5.7 million people suffer from heart failure and 795,000 people suffer a stroke.

Regional Medical Center Bayonet Point’s staff develop and implement acute and secondary prevention guideline processes. The program includes quality improvement measures such as care maps, discharge protocols, standing orders and measurement tools. This quick and efficient use of guideline tools enables Regional Medical Center Bayonet Point to improve the quality of care it provides heart disease and stroke patients, save lives and ultimately, reduce healthcare costs by lowering recurrence of events.

Regional Medical Center Bayonet Point is a 290-bed acute care facility located in Hudson, FL. Home of the nationally acclaimed Heart Institute, over 350 physicians, 900 employees and 500 volunteers comprise their integrated healthcare delivery team. Regional Medical Center Bayonet Point has been designated a 100 Top Hospital seven years by Thomson Reuters and has been named twice (1999 & 2002) by U.S. News & World Report as one of America’s Best Hospitals in Heart and Heart Surgery. It has an Accredited Chest Pain Center, JCAHO Accredited Primary Stroke Center and an Approved, With Commendation, Community Cancer Program, from the College of Surgeons.

Top photo: L- R: Kathy Fenelon, Regional VP, Quality Improvement Initiatives, Get With The GuidelinesSM - American Heart Association Greater Southeast Affiliate; Steve Rector, CEO – Regional Medical Center Bayonet Point.

Bottom photo: Hospital Leadership Team displaying three awards received from the American Heart Association.

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