Heart & Vascular
About the Heart Institute
Opened in 1989, the Heart Institute at Regional Medical Center Bayonet Point is a leading facility in the treatment of heart and vascular disease. One of Florida's most comprehensive and advanced centers, the Heart Institute provides a full range of quality adult cardiac services at reasonable costs. The Heart Institute's affiliated physicians are dedicated to the diagnosis, treatment and prevention of heart disease. They provide comprehensive cardiac service while working closely with primary care physicians to achieve the best result for each patient. The experienced nurses, technicians, therapists, dieticians and chaplains who support the physician's efforts, enhance this commitment to excellence.
Regional Medical Center Bayonet Point Receives American Heart Association’s Get With The Guidelines-Heart Failure Gold Quality Achievement Award
Regional Medical Center Bayonet Point has received the Get With The Guidelines®–Heart Failure Gold Quality Achievement Award from the American Heart Association. The recognition signifies that Regional Medical Center Bayonet Point has reached an aggressive goal of treating heart failure patients according to the guidelines of care recommended by the American Heart Association/American College of Cardiology.
This marks the seventh straight year that Regional Medical Center Bayonet Point has been recognized with a quality achievement award.
Get With The Guidelines–Heart Failure helps Regional Medical Center Bayonet Point’s staff develop and implement acute and secondary prevention guideline processes to improve patient care and outcomes. The program provides hospitals with a web-based patient management tool, best practice discharge protocols and standing orders, along with a robust registry and real-time benchmarking capabilities to track performance.
The quick and efficient use of guideline procedures can improve the quality of care for heart failure patients, save lives and ultimately, reduce healthcare costs by lowering the recurrence of heart attacks.
“Recent studies show that patients treated in hospitals participating in the American Heart Association’s Get With The Guidelines-Heart Failure program receive a higher quality of care and may experience better outcomes,” said Lee H. Schwamm, M.D., chair of the Get With The Guidelines National Steering Committee and director of the TeleStroke and Acute Stroke Services at Massachusetts General Hospital in Boston, Mass. “Regional Medical Center Bayonet Point’s team is to be commended for their commitment to improving the care of their patients.
Following Get With The Guidelines–Heart Failure treatment guidelines, heart failure patients are started on aggressive risk-reduction therapies if needed, including cholesterol-lowering drugs, beta-blockers, ACE inhibitors, aspirin, diuretics and anticoagulants while in the hospital. Before discharge, they also receive education on managing their heart failure and overall health, including lifestyle modifications and follow-up care. Hospitals must adhere to these measures at a set level for a designated period of time to be eligible for the achievement awards.
“Regional Medical Center Bayonet Point is dedicated to making our care for heart failure patients among the best in the country. The American Heart Association’s Get With The Guidelines–Heart Failure program helps us to accomplish this goal,” said hospital CEO, Shayne George. “This recognition demonstrates that we are on the right track and we’re very proud of our team.”
According to the American Heart Association, about 5.7 million people suffer from heart failure. Statistics also show that, each year, 670,000 new cases are diagnosed and more than 277,000 people will die of heart failure. However, many heart failure patients can lead a full, enjoyable life when their condition is managed with proper medications and devices and with healthy lifestyle changes.
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Accreditations & Quality
Long known for producing high quality results for our patients, the Heart Institute at Regional Medical Center Bayonet Point is also recognized nationally with the following awards:
- Certificate of Distinction in Heart Failure from the Joint Commission
- Chest Pain Center - Accredited Chest Pain Center (CPC) with Percutaneous Coronary Intervention (PCI) by the Society of Chest Pain Centers
- Primary Stroke Center - Accredited primary stroke center by The Joint Commission.
- Get With The Guidelines Awards - Coronary Artery Disease Annual Performance Award Winner
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Red Dress Project
It's a myth that heart disease kills only men. The Red Dress Project wants to remind you that heart disease is your #1 threat. Over 227,000 women die of heart disease each year, 5 times the number of women who die from breast cancer. Find out what you can do to prevent this killer.
To join the “Go Red For Women” or learn more about women and heart disease, visit www.goredforwomen.org.
Cardiovascular Support Group
Heart 2 Heart Cardiovascular Support Group of RMCBP invites you to join us on the 3rd Wednesday of every other month @ 3:30 p.m. in the conference center located on campus in the rear of the hospital.
ICD (Internal Cardiac Defibrillator) Support Group
The ICD (Internal Cardiac Defibrillator) Support Group of RMCBP invites you to join us on the 4th Wednesday of every other month @ 5:30 p.m. in the conference center located on campus in the rear of the hospital.
Heart Health Survey
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