GWTG Recognition 
 
Monday, 21 July 2008 
 
 
 

MIAMI -- The American Heart Association/American Stroke Association are recognizing North Shore Medical Center for its performance in treating cardiac and stroke patients using the association's Get With The GuidelinesSM program.

North Shore Medical Center joins 518 other hospitals being featured in an advertisement in the July 21st "America's Best Hospitals" issue of US News & World Report.

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 percent 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/American Stroke Association's advertisement recognizes North Shore Medical Center's commitment and success in performance achievement.

"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 North Shore Medical Center 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 North Shore Medical Center for our achievements in their Get With The Guidelines program," said Manny Linares, CEO.

"Get With The Guidelines gives our professionals the tools and reports they need to effectively treat our coronary heart disease, heart failure and stroke patients."

ABOUT NORTH SHORE MEDICAL CENTER

North Shore Medical Center, part of Tenet Healthcare, is a 357-bed general acute care community hospital located at 1100 NW 95 Street in Miami. The hospital has been serving the medical and health care needs of its community for more than 53 years.

North Shore Medical Center offers a broad range of services, including 24-hour emergency care with Fast Track service, maternity, Level III Neonatal Intensive Care Unit, and psychiatric services.

The hospital also offers specialized centers, including the C. Gordon Griffith Comprehensive Cancer Center with IMRT and X-Knife Radiosurgery, Intensive Care Unit, Wound Healing Center, Sleep Disorders Center, and Pain Care Center. The hospital was honored with the prestigious Tenet Circle of Excellence award for outstanding performance in 2005, 2006, 2007, and 2008.

North Shore received the 2006 CIGNA Centers of Excellence designation for caesarean section, stroke and syncope, the 2006 American Heart Association's Get With The Guidelines-- Heart Failure IPAA award, 2007 American Heart Association's Get with The Guidelines - Bronze IPAA award for CAD and Heart Failure; 2008 American Heart Association's Get with the Guidelines Ð Silver Performance Achievement Award for CAD and Heart Failure, and the 2008 Gold Performance Achievement Award for Heart Failure; Accredited by the American College of Surgeons Commission On Cancer Commendation, 2005-2008; and FMQAI's Performance Achievement Award for Hospital Quality improvement. I

n 2008/2009, North Shore Medical Center also received a five-star rating of clinical excellence for maternity care from HealthGrades. The hospital is fully accredited by the Joint Commission on the Accreditation of Healthcare Organizations, the nation's oldest and largest hospital accreditation agency.

About GWTG:
Get With The GuidelinesSM (GWTG) 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.

Experience has shown that 80,000 lives could be saved annually if the coronary artery disease (GWTG-CAD) module alone was implemented nationwide. For more information, visit http://www.americanheart.org americanheart.org/getwiththeguidelines.