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by Tampa General Hospital on Wednesday September 16, 2015
TGH Stroke Program Earns National Recognition

Tampa, FL (Sept. 16, 2015) - The stroke program at Tampa General Hospital is one of just 11 in Florida, and the only one in the Tampa Bay region, to earn the highest recognition from the American Heart Association/American Stroke Association’s Get With the Guidelines® - Stroke quality improvement program.

TGH earned the STROKE Target Stroke Honor Roll ELITE PLUS recognition as part of a series of national awards given each year to hospitals that meet quality patient care and outcomes guidelines in heart, stroke, and resuscitation care.

TGH earned Elite Plus recognition by ensuring at least 75 percent of eligible stroke patients received prompt treatment to restore blood flow to the brain within 60 minutes of arriving at the hospital – critical to limiting stroke damage. Additionally, the hospital also met the requirement of starting blood flow treatment within 45-minutes for at least 50-percent of eligible stroke patients.

“I am very proud of how all of the TGH community has come together over stroke care to make us the first nationally certified comprehensive stroke center on the west coast of Florida, and the only such center in the Tampa Bay area,” said W. Scott Burgin, M.D., USF professor of Neurology and director of the comprehensive stroke program at Tampa General.

Get With the Guidelines is a hospital-based quality improvement program created to ensure hospitals consistently care for heart and stroke patients using the most up-to-date guidelines and recommendations. Under Get With the Guidelines – Stroke treatment guidelines, stroke patients are started on aggressive therapies and medications that can help improve patient care and outcomes. Hospitals must follow these measures at a set level over a designated period of time to be eligible for the achievement awards.

“We are pleased to recognize Tampa General for its commitment and dedication to stroke care. Published scientific studies are providing us with more and more evidence that Get With the Guidelines works. Patients are getting the right care they need, when they need it. That’s resulting in increased survival,” said Deepak L. Bhatt, M.D., M.P.H, national chairman of the Get With the Guidelines steering committee. He also serves as executive director of Interventional Cardiology Programs at Brigham and Women’s Hospital and professor of medicine at Harvard Medical School.

The American Heart Association/American Stroke Association reports stroke is the nation’s fifth leading cause of death and a leading cause of adult disability in the United States. On average, someone suffers a stroke every 40 seconds; someone dies of a stroke every four minutes; and about 795,000 people suffer a new or recurring stroke each year.  

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 and find a recognized hospital near you at heart.org/USNWR2015.