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 Get With The Guidelines Heart Failure Gold Plus Quality Achievement Award
Regional Medical Center Bayonet Point has received the Get With The Guidelines®-Heart Failure Gold Plus Quality Achievement Award from the American Heart Association for its excellence in the treatment of patients with heart failure.
This award is given only to hospitals that achieve 85 percent or higher adherence to all Get With The Guidelines-Heart Failure Quality Achievement indicators for two or more consecutive 12-month intervals and have achieved 75 percent or higher compliance with four of nine Get With The Guidelines-Heart Failure Quality Measures to improve quality of patient care and outcomes.
Get With The Guidelines is a quality improvement initiative that provides hospital staff with tools that follow proven evidence-based guidelines and procedures in caring for heart failure patients to improve outcomes, prevent future hospitalizations and prolong life.
Under Get With The Guidelines–Heart Failure, heart failure patients are started on aggressive risk reduction therapies such as cholesterol-lowering drugs, beta-blockers, ACE inhibitors, aspirin, diuretics, and anticoagulants in the hospital. They also receive alcohol/drug use and thyroid management counseling as well as referrals for cardiac rehabilitation before being discharged..
“The Regional Medical Center Bayonet Point team is to be commended for this commitment to improving the quality of care for their patients,” 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. “The goal of the American Heart Association’s Get With The Guidelines program is to help healthcare providers implement appropriate evidence-based care and protocols that will reduce disability and death and improve the quality of life for patients. 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.”
“Regional Medical Center Bayonet Point is dedicated to being among the top hospitals nationwide in the care of heart failure patients and implementing the American Heart Association’s Get With The Guidelines–Heart Failure program is helping us accomplish this goal by making it easier for our professionals to improve the long-term outcome for our patients,” said Shayne George, CEO.
Get WithThe Guidelines–Heart Failure helps Regional Medical Center Bayonet Point’s staff develop and implement acute and secondary prevention guideline processes. The program provides hospitals with a web-based patient management tool, decision support, robust registry, real-time benchmarking capabilities and other performance improvement methodologies toward the goal of enhancing patient outcomes and saving lives.
This high-tech, evidence-based approach enables Regional Medical Center Bayone Point to improve the quality of care it provides heart failure patients, save lives and ultimately, reduce healthcare costs by avoiding re-hospitalization.
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.
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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.