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Heart Care at Florida Hospital Zephyrhills Gets Gold Plus Award

Florida Hospital Zephyrhills (FHZ) has been awarded the Get With the Guidelines® Heart Failure Gold Plus Quality Achievement Award for implementing specific quality improvement measures as outlined by the American Heart Association (AHA) and the American College of Cardiology.
Hospitals that receive the gold plus award have reached an aggressive goal of treating heart failure or stroke patients with an 85 percent or higher compliance to core standard levels for 24 consecutive months as established by the AHA and the American Stroke Association. 
“This is extremely exciting for all of us at Florida Hospital Zephyrhills,” said Gwen Alonso, RN, MSN, Vice President and Chief Nursing Officer. “Our hospital had the honor of earning the Gold Award in the past, and now we are a notch higher. This is truly a team effort and a lot of credit goes to our Heart Institute staff who have worked very hard to achieve this honor. Our dedication to patient care is everything.”
FHZ’s Heart Institute is celebrating its 10th anniversary in 2016. According to Alonso, it’s the only nationally accredited chest pain center with Percutaneous Coronary Intervention in East Pasco and the only hospital in East and Central Pasco that provides comprehensive services including open heart capabilities. The Heart Institute has received recognition for treating coronary intervention, heart failure, chest pain, open heart surgery and electrophysiology, Alonso added.
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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, and HealthGrades for excellence in providing top quality patient care with special emphasis on safety and patient outcomes. The award-winning Heart Institute is recognized for the treatment of coronary intervention, heart failure, chest pain, open heart surgery, and electrophysiology procedures and has received the Gold Plus Award for heart failure, which is the highest distinction given by the American Heart Association and the American Stroke Association. The hospital offers a full range of inpatient and outpatient surgical offerings, including orthopedic services such as hip and knee replacement and advanced MAKOplasty® robotic partial knee replacement. The Women’s Health Center offers comprehensive services for women including gynecology, urology and pelvic floor health, labor and delivery through The Baby Place®, and breast care through the Simpson Breast Health Center. The hospital also offers 24/7 emergency services including a “fast track” option, imaging services, and the Center for Wound Healing. Visit for more information.