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Florida Hospital Zephyrhills Receives Top Honors for Heart Failure and Stroke from American Heart Association/American Stroke Association

Florida Hospital Zephyrhills has received the Get With The Guidelines®–Heart Failure Gold Plus and the Get With The Guidelines®–Stroke Gold Plus Quality Achievement Awards from the American Heart Association/American Stroke Association. 

The Get With The Guidelines®–Heart Failure and the Get With The Guidelines®–Stroke programs are provided by the American Heart Association/American Stroke Association. Get With The Guidelines® puts the expertise of the American Heart Association/American Stroke Association to work for hospital teams, helping to ensure that the care they provide to heart failure and stroke patients is aligned with the latest scientific guidelines. Most hospitals that implement the Get with the Guidelines quality improvement programs realize measurable results. It’s a difference that shows in the lives of patients and their families, in the satisfaction felt by caregivers empowered to do their best and in the financial health of participating hospitals.

Hospitals, physicians, nurses and other healthcare providers who use Get with the Guidelines are armed with the patient-specific guideline information and immediate access to clinical decision support through the American Heart Association’s Patient Management Tool™ (PMT), an online, interactive assessment and reporting system. Using the PMT, hospitals can track their program performance and pinpoint areas for improvement.

“Florida Hospital Zephyrhills is dedicated to making our care for heart failure and stroke patients among the best in the country. The American Heart Association/American Stroke Association’s Get With The Guidelines–Heart Failure and Get With The Guidelines–Stroke programs help us to accomplish this goal,” said Randy Surber, CEO of Florida Hospital Zephyrhills. “Our greatest reward is serving our patients. That’s why we’re committed to turning treatment guidelines into lifelines. This recognition demonstrates that we are on the right track and we’re very proud of our care 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. Stroke is a disease that affects the arteries leading to and within the brain. About 795,000 Americans each year suffer a new or recurrent stroke. That means, on average, a stroke occurs every 40 seconds. Stroke kills more than 137,000 people a year. That's about 1 of every 18 deaths. It is the No. 4 cause of death and a leading cause of disability in the United States. However, many heart failure and stroke 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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About Florida Hospital Zephyrhills
Florida Hospital Zephyrhills is a 139-bed regional medical center located in East Pasco County.  It is a member of the Florida Hospital network of Adventist Health System, one of the largest health care providers in the state of Florida.  Florida Hospital Zephyrhills has been nationally recognized by the American Heart Association, the American Stroke Association, The Joint Commission, The Leapfrog Group, and HealthGrades for excellence in providing top quality patient care with special emphasis on safety and patient outcomes.

About the American Heart Association/American Stroke Association
The American Heart Association is devoted to saving people from heart disease and stroke – America’s No. 1 and No. 4 killers. We team with millions of volunteers to fund innovative research, fight for stronger public health policies, and provide lifesaving tools and information to prevent and treat these diseases. The Dallas-based association is the nation’s oldest and largest voluntary organization dedicated to fighting heart disease and stroke.  Get With The Guidelines® is the American Heart Association/American Stroke Association’s hospital-based quality improvement program that empowers healthcare teams to save lives and reduce healthcare costs by helping hospitals follow evidence-based guidelines and recommendations.  For more information, visit www.heart.org/quality.