American Heart Association Award recognizes Northside Hospital’s commitment to quality heart failure care.

ST. PETERSBURG, JUNE, 2019 ― Northside Hospital has received the American Heart Association’s Get With The Guidelines®-Heart Failure Gold Plus Quality Achievement Award. The award recognizes the hospital’s commitment to ensuring heart failure patients receive the most appropriate treatment according to nationally recognized, research-based guidelines founded in the latest scientific evidence. The goal is speeding recovery and reducing hospital readmissions for heart failure patients.

Northside Hospital earned the award by meeting specific quality achievement measures for the diagnosis and treatment of heart failure patients at a set level for a designated period. These measures include evaluation of the proper use of medications and aggressive risk-reduction therapies. Before discharge, patients should also receive education on managing their heart failure and overall health, get a follow-up visit scheduled, as well as other care transition interventions.

“Northside Hospital is dedicated to improving the quality of care for our patients with heart failure by implementing the American Heart Association’s Get With The Guidelines-HF initiative,” said Valerie Powell-Stafford, CEO Northside Hospital, “The tools and resources provided help us track and measure our success in meeting evidenced-based clinical guidelines developed to improve patient outcomes.”

Northside Hospital is also recognized on the association’s Target: Heart FailureSM Honor Roll. Hospitals are required to meet specific criteria that improves medication adherence, provides early follow-up care and coordination and enhances patient education. The goal is to reduce hospital readmissions and help patients improve their quality of life in managing this chronic condition.

“We are pleased to recognize Northside Hospital for their commitment to heart failure care,” said Lee H. Schwamm, M.D., national chairperson of the Quality Oversight Committee and Executive Vice Chair of Neurology, Director of Acute Stroke Services, Massachusetts General Hospital, Boston, Massachusetts. “Research has shown that hospitals adhering to clinical measures through the Get With The Guidelines quality improvement initiative can often see fewer readmissions and lower mortality rates.”

According to the American Heart Association, more than 6.5 million adults in the United States are living with heart failure. Many heart failure patients can lead a full, enjoyable life when their condition is managed with proper medications or devices and with healthy lifestyle changes.

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Media Contact:
Carrie Johnson
Marketing Director
Northside Hospital
6000 49th Street North
St. Petersburg, FL   33709
727-521-5265

About Northside Hospital

Serving the community since 1976, Northside Hospital is a 288-bed facility, offering a full range of services including comprehensive and interventional stroke care, full-service orthopedic and spine treatment, a 24-hour emergency department, preventative and corrective cardiac care, and general surgery. As an Accredited Chest Pain Center with PCI (SCPC) and one of the first hospitals in the area to achieve Atrial Fibrillation Certification (SCPC), our technologically advanced facility allows our superior physicians and nursing staff to care for our growing community. Northside Hospital was the first nationally recognized Comprehensive Stroke Center in Pinellas County and has been nationally-recognized as a Top Performer in Key Quality Measures for Heart Attack, Heart Failure, Pneumonia and Surgical Care by The Joint Commission. With campus-based specialized units, such as the Tampa Bay Heart Institute, and the Neuroscience Institute for Interventional Neuroradiology and neurologic care, Northside Hospital continues to enhance and expand its services to better serve the St. Petersburg community. For more information about Northside Hospital, visit our website at www.NorthsideHospital.com or visit us on Facebook at www.facebook.com/ NorthsideHospital.

About Get With The Guidelines®

Get With The Guidelines® is the American Heart Association/American Stroke Association’s hospital-based quality improvement program that provides hospitals with the latest research-based guidelines. Developed with the goal of saving lives and hastening recovery, Get With The Guidelines has touched the lives of more than 6 million patients since 2001. For more information, visit heart.org.