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FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. For the fourth 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 in recognition of the non-profit hospital’s commitment and success in implementing excellent care for stroke patients, according to evidence-based guidelines.

To receive the award, Holy Cross achieved an 85 percent or higher adherence to all Get With The Guidelines-Stroke Quality Achievement indicators for 12 consecutive months and achieved 75 percent or higher compliance with five of eight Get With The Guidelines-Stroke Quality Measures, which are reporting initiatives to measure quality of care.  In addition to the Get With The Guideline-Stroke award, Holy Cross Hospital has also been recognized as a recipient of the association’s Target: Stroke Honor Roll for improving stroke care.

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 Joint Commission certified advanced Primary Stroke Center is also distinguished by The Agency for Health Care Administration as a Comprehensive Stroke Center.

The American Heart Association also recognized Holy Cross Hospital with the Get With The Guidelines®-Heart Failure Bronze Quality Achievement Award for achieving an 85 percent or higher adherence during the fourth quarter of 2012 to all Get With The Guidelines® Heart Failure Achievement indicators to improve quality of patient care and outcomes. Holy Cross Hospital reduced hospitalizations and improved heart failure patient care by opening a Congestive Heart Failure Clinic in 2011. The Clinic provides intensive personalized therapy and develops individual programs that educate patients about heart failure, optimize chronic medications and help patients manage their disease. The Heart Failure Clinic’s 30-day readmission rate in 2012 was four percent.

Get With The Guidelines®-Stroke and Get With The Guidelines®-Heart Failure are in-hospital programs for improving care by promoting consistent adherence to the latest scientific treatment guidelines. Numerous published studies demonstrate the programs’ success in achieving measurable patient outcome improvements.

“Since its initiation in 2003, more than 1,600 hospitals have entered more than two million patient records into the Get With The Guidelines-Stroke database,” said Holy Cross Hospital President and CEO Patrick A. Taylor, M.D. “Holy Cross is committed to providing the latest evidence-based care as well as reporting the metrics that will ultimately drive advances in the field. We are pleased that our quality care for stroke and cardiac patients has been recognized as among the nation’s best.”

Recognized as a leader in cardiac care, Holy Cross Hospital offers comprehensive cardiac services through the Jim Moran Heart and Vascular Center and progressive research at the Jim Moran Heart and Vascular Research Institute, which specializes in cutting-edge trials enabling its physicians to offer patients access to advanced clinical therapies that would otherwise not be available in the area. Holy Cross was the first in Broward County to perform Transcatheter Aortic Valve Replacements on high-risk patients and on patients who cannot undergo open heart surgery.


A member of CHE Trinity, Inc., 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, visit holy-cross.com, “like” Holy Cross Hospital, Fort Lauderdale on Facebook or follow @holycrossfl on Twitter.

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.