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Florida Hospital ICU Nurses Recognized in National Magazine for Superior Heart Care

Florida Hospital’s ICU Nurses Featured in National Magazine 
for Superior Heart Care

It’s not bragging if it’s true. Florida Hospital Heartland Medical Center’s ads read “We’re Raising Expectations for Heart Care Sky High” and now a national health care publication is applauding their efforts. The Advance for Nurses magazine cover story “Cardiac On Call” features the Sebring ICU nursing team and explains the many measures they have taken to keep heart patients safe and their outcomes healthy. 

The October 25th story highlights the steps taken to become a highly-rated heart facility with better outcomes than larger coastal cities like Miami, Tampa and Jacksonville. It started as a desire to keep heart patients close to family and friends in the Heartland community for better support and faster healing. It became a commitment when targeted nurses took a 64-hour critical care course, a 16-hour advanced cardiac course, another 16 hours of critical care courses and one moth off site training to become certified. They achieved their goal by coordinating with local EMS and other hospital departments to have an average “door to balloon” time of 37 minutes, beating the national average of 90 minutes. “Door to balloon” time is the clinical measure which marks the total time elapsing from entering the emergency department until the cardiac procedure begins. 

“Our results certainly shine against the national standards, but we still discuss times and look at performance improvement,” said ICU Nurse Manager and Registered Nurse Tawny Muscatello. “We’re really excited to continue to enhance patient safety and effectiveness, expedite our time and decrease delays.” 

To read more about the incredible team of ICU nurses, visit the hospital’s website “Feature News” section