Fla. Hospital Honored by AHA for Cardiac and Stroke Care
June 16—Bay Medical Sacred Heart on Thursday had multiple honors to celebrate, having received recent awards both for heart attack and stroke patient care.
One of the two honors was the Mission: Lifeline Silver Plus Receiving Quality Achievement Award, for implementing quality improvement measures outlined by the American Heart Association for the treatment of patients who suffer severe heart attacks.
Every year, more than 250,000 people experience an ST elevation myocardial infarction (STEMI), the deadliest type of heart attack, caused by a blockage of blood flow to the heart that requires timely treatment. To prevent death, it is critical to restore blood flow as quickly as possible, either by mechanically opening the blocked vessel or by providing clot-busting medication.
The Mission: Lifeline program's goal is to reduce system barriers to prompt treatment for heart attacks, beginning with the 9-1-1 call, to EMS transport and continuing through hospital treatment and discharge. The initiative provides tools, training and other resources to support heart attack care following protocols from the most recent evidence-based treatment guidelines.
Bay Medical Sacred Heart earned the award by meeting specific criteria and standards of performance for quick and appropriate treatment through emergency procedures to re-establish blood flow to blocked arteries in heart attack patients coming into the hospital directly or by transfer from another facility.
"Bay Medical Sacred Heart is dedicated to providing optimal care for heart attack patients," said Dr. Samir Patel. "We are pleased to be recognized for our dedication and achievements in cardiac care through Mission: Lifeline."
The hospital also earned the AHA and American Stroke Association's Get With The Guidelines Stroke Silver Plus Quality Achievement Award.
To earn the award, Bay Med met specific quality achievement measures including evaluation of the proper use of medications and other stroke treatments aligned with the most up-to-date, evidence-based guidelines with the goal of speeding recovery and reducing death and disability for stroke patients. Before discharge, patients should also receive education on managing their health, get a follow-up visit scheduled, as well as other care transition interventions.
"Bay Medical Sacred Heart is dedicated to improving the quality of care for our stroke patients by implementing the American Heart Association's Get With The Guidelines-Stroke initiative," said Dr. Muhammad Zaman-Khan. "The tools and resources provided help us track and measure our success in meeting evidenced-based clinical guidelines developed to improve patient outcomes."
Bay Medical Sacred Heart additionally received the association's Target: Stroke SM Honor Roll Elite award. To qualify for this recognition, hospitals must meet quality measures developed to reduce the time between the patient's arrival at the hospital and treatment with the clot-buster tissue plasminogen activator, or tPA, the only drug approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration to treat ischemic stroke.
According to the American Heart Association/American Stroke Association, stroke is the No. 5 cause of death and a leading cause of adult disability in the United States. On average, someone in the U.S. suffers a stroke every 40 seconds and nearly 795,000 people suffer a new or recurrent stroke each year.