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RMCBP is Only Hospital in the Tampa Bay Area to Achieve Gold Plus Standard

August 02, 2011

Hudson, FL – Regional Medical Center Bayonet Point has been recognized for achievement in using evidence-based guidelines to provide the best possible care to patients through the American Heart Association/ American Stroke Association’s Get With The Guidelines® program.

Regional Medical Center Bayonet Point is featured in a special advertisement in the “America’s Best Hospitals” issue of US News & World Report (August issue) to commemorate their receipt of the Get With The Guidelines Gold Plus Performance Achievement Award. Regional Medical Center Bayonet Point is the only hospital in Tampa Bay area to achieve the Gold Plus standard in both heart failure and stroke.

To see the list, go to (http://www.heart.org/idc/groups/heart-public/@wcm/@private/@hcm/@gwtg/documents/downloadable/ucm_323101.pdf ).

“We are proud that the American Heart Association/American Stroke Association has chosen the ‘America’s Best Hospitals’ issue of US News & World Report to recognize Regional Medical Center Bayonet Point for our achievements in their Get With The Guidelines program,” said Shayne George, Regional Medical Center Bayonet Point CEO.  “Get With The Guidelines gives our professionals the tools and reports they need to effectively treat our patients,” he added.

Hospitals recognized in each category achieve at least 85 percent compliance to Get With The Guidelines measures. Those achieving 85 percent compliance for 24 consecutive months receive the Gold Performance Achievement Award. Special recognition is also given for those hospitals achieving 85 percent compliance in two or all three categories and/or for being in 75 percent compliance with heart failure and/or stroke measures.

Get With The Guidelines is a hospital-based quality-improvement program designed to ensure that hospitals consistently care for heart and stroke patients utilizing the most up-to-date guidelines and recommendations. Currently more than 1,400 hospitals participate in the program.

The American Heart Association/American Stroke Association’s advertisement recognizes Regional Medical Center Bayonet Point’s commitment and success in performance achievement.

“We are pleased to recognize the top Get With The Guidelines participants,” said Lee Schwamm, M.D., national chairman of the Get With The Guidelines steering committee, associate professor of neurology at Harvard Medical School and Vice Chairman of Neurology at Massachusetts General Hospital. “Healthcare providers who use Get With The Guidelines are armed with the latest evidence-based guidelines and immediate access to clinical decision support, using a set of tools that have been shown to improve delivery of evidence-based care. The goal of this initiative is to improve the quality of life and help reduce deaths and disability among patients with heart disease and stroke.”

Published scientific studies are providing us with more and more evidence that Get With The Guidelines works.  Patients are getting the right care they need when they need it.  That’s resulting in improved survival.”

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