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American Heart Association Recognizes Holy Cross Hospital for Quality Stroke and Heart Failure Care

Get with the Guidelines Awards 2014 Stroke Heart Failure

FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. (April 30, 2014) – For the fifth consecutive year, Holy Cross Hospital in Fort Lauderdale has received the American Heart Association/American Stroke Association’s Get With The Guidelines®-Stroke Gold Plus Quality Achievement Award.  Holy Cross also received the organization’s Get With The Guidelines®-Heart Failure Silver Plus Quality Achievement Award.

“We are proud to be among the hospitals recently recognized by the American Heart Association and American Stroke Association for our commitment to excellent care,” said Holy Cross Hospital President and CEO Patrick Taylor, MD. “Get WithThe Guidelines programs include performance feedback reporting for continuous quality improvement which assists us in providing the latest evidenced-based care to our patients and driving advances nationwide.”

Comprehensive Stroke Care
Holy Cross received the Stroke Gold Plus Quality Achievement Award for implementing specific quality improvement measures outlined by the American Heart Association and the American Stroke Association for the treatment of stroke patients.

The non-profit hospital earned the award by meeting specific quality and achievement measures for the rapid diagnosis and treatment of stroke patients for 24 consecutive months.  These measures include aggressive use of medications and risk-reduction therapies aimed at reducing death and disability and improving the lives of stroke patients.

Through its Comprehensive Stroke Center, Holy Cross provides round-the-clock personnel, infrastructure, expertise and programs to diagnose and treat stroke and transient ischemic attack patients who require a high degree of medical, surgical and endovascular care, specialized tests or interventional treatments. The center is certified as a Primary Stroke Center by the Joint Commission and as a Comprehensive Stroke Center by the Agency for Health Care Administration.

Leading Edge Cardiac Care
American Heart Association Get WithThe Guidelines-Heart Failure is an in-hospital program for improving care by promoting consistent adherence to the latest clinical treatment guidelines. Numerous published studies demonstrate the program's success in achieving significant patient outcome improvements and reductions in 30-day readmissions. The Silver Plus award is an advanced level of recognition for meeting achievement and quality measures within the program for 12 consecutive months.

The Holy Cross Hospital Congestive Heart Failure Clinic provides intensive personalized therapy and develops individual programs that educate patients about heart failure, optimize chronic medications and help patients manage their disease. Holy Cross Hospital, through its Heart Failure Clinic, is also a designated LVAD (Left Ventricular Assist Device) shared care facility. The Clinic helps previously end-stage heart failure patients through LVAD, cardiac and heart failure management while they are traveling or moving to South Florida, away from their implantation site. The Clinic works closely with implantation sites around the country to ensure good quality of life and peace of mind for patients as they travel.

ABOUT HOLY CROSS HOSPITAL
A member of CHE Trinity Health, Holy Cross Hospital in Fort Lauderdale, Fla. is a full-service, non-profit Catholic hospital, sponsored by the Sisters of Mercy. Since opening its doors in 1955, the 559-bed hospital has offered progressive services and programs to meet the evolving healthcare needs of Broward County. Today, Holy Cross has more than 600 physicians on staff representing more than 40 specialties and more than 3,000 employees. To learn more about Holy Cross Hospital, visit holy-cross.com, “like” Holy Cross Hospital, Fort Lauderdale on Facebook, or follow @holycrossfl on Twitter.

ABOUT GET WITH THE GUIDELINES
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 heart.org/quality.

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