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Quality Stroke Care Recognized

September 10, 2008

Quality Stroke Care Recognized at SPGH

The American Heart Association/American Stroke Association has recognized St. Petersburg General Hospital for its outstanding performance in treating stroke patients using the association’s Get With The GuidelinesSM (GWTG) program.

St. Petersburg General Hospital received the program’s Silver Award Recognition. Hospitals receiving a GWTG Silver Performance Achievement Award have reached an exceptional goal of treating stroke patients with 85% or higher compliance to core standard levels of care as outlined by the American Heart Association/American Stroke Association for 12 months.

St. Petersburg General Hospital joined 518 other hospitals being featured in an advertisement in the July 21st “America’s Best Hospitals” issue of US News & World Report. The American Heart Association/American Stroke Association’s advertisement recognized St. Petersburg General Hospital for its commitment and success in performance achievement.

GWTG is a hospital based quality-improvement program designed to ensure that hospitals consistently care for cardiac and stroke patients following the most up-to-date guidelines and recommendations. The program provides three modules that address coronary artery disease, heart failure and stroke. Currently more than 1,450 hospitals use one or more GWTG modules.

Upon meeting each module’s criteria, hospitals are recognized if at least 85% of their cardiac or stroke patients are treated and discharged according to the American Heart Association/American Stroke Association’s recommendations.

“The American Heart Association is pleased to recognize its top Get With The Guidelines participants,” said Gregg C Fonarow, M.D., national chairman, Get With The Guidelines steering committee and director, Ahmanson-UCLA Cardiomyopathy Center. “The program makes it easier for hospitals like St. Petersburg General Hospital to provide appropriate evidence-based care and ultimately improve the quality of life and help reduce the number of deaths in these heart and stroke patients.”

“We are proud that the American Heart Association and American Stroke Association have chosen the ‘America’s Best Hospitals’ issue of US News & World Report to recognize St. Petersburg General Hospital for our achievements in their Get With The Guidelines program,” said Robert B. Conroy, Jr., president & CEO. “Being honored for giving excellent patient care is the best recognition a hospital can get. The guidelines from this program give our professionals the tools and reports they need to effectively treat our stroke patients.”

About St. Petersburg Hospital
For almost 40 years, St. Petersburg General Hospital has enjoyed an outstanding reputation for providing excellent care to residents and visitors in the St. Petersburg area. The hospital is a Joint Commission Accredited Primary Stroke Center, earning this designation by adhering to the highest standards of care. The hospital serves patients of all ages with more than 1,500 new residents welcomed each year in our Women’s Center, featuring family-centered child birth services. The hospital also offers an advanced medical graduate education program through West Florida Consortium of Medical Education (WFCME). For more information about St. Petersburg General Hospital, visit our website at www.stpetegeneral.com.

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