Heart Care Quality Recognition For North Shore 
 
 

North Shore Medical Center recognized for implementing quality heart disease and stroke care

Miami, FLNorth Shore Medical Center has been recognized for achievement in using evidence-based guidelines to provide the best possible care to patients through The American Heart Association/ American Stroke Association’s Get With The GuidelinesSM program.

North Shore Medical Center and 569 other hospitals are featured in a July 28 advertisement in the "America’s Best Hospitals" issue of US News & World Report to commemorate their receipt of Get With The Guidelines Gold or Silver Performance Achievement Award. The awards are given for achievement in coronary artery disease, stroke and/or heart failure treatment.

Hospitals are recognized in each category in which they achieve at least 85 percent compliance to Get With The Guidelines measures. Those hospitals marking 85 percent compliance for 24 consecutive months are given the Gold Performance Achievement Award, with the Silver Performance Achievement award going to those with 85 percent compliance for 12 consecutive months.

Get With The Guidelines 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 addresses coronary artery disease, heart failure and stroke. More than 1,450 hospitals participate.

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. Lee Schwamm, M.D., national chairman of the Get With The Guidelines steering committee, associate professor of neurology at Harvard Medical School and Vice Chairman of Neurology at Massachusetts General Hospital. "Healthcare providers who use Get With The Guidelines are armed with the latest evidence-based guidelines and immediate access to clinical decision support, using a set of tools that have been shown to improve delivery of evidence-based care. The goal of this initiative is to improve the quality of life and help reduce deaths and disability among patients with heart disease and stroke."

"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 Patricia Sechi, Associate Administrator . "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, and 2007. 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, and the American College of Surgeons Commission On Cancer Commendation, 2005-2008.

In 2007/2008, 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 Get With The Guidelines

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. For more information, visit americanheart.org/getwiththeguidelines.