Las Palmas Del Sol Healthcare – which includes Las Palmas Medical Center and Del Sol Medical Center – has been recognized by both the American Stroke Association and the American Heart Association for its commitment to—and success in—ensuring patients receive the most appropriate treatment according to nationally recognized, research-based guidelines.
The guidelines, called ‘Get With The Guidelines,’ help hospital care teams ensure the care provided to patients is aligned with the latest standards.
“Our goal is to treat each heart failure patient with the highest quality of care so that they may live as healthily and hopeful as possible,” Jerry Gonzalez, chief nursing officer at Las Palmas Medical Center, said. “Receiving this award affirms Las Palmas Del Sol Healthcare works very hard to ensure these guidelines are met throughout the year.”
For the second consecutive year, Las Palmas Medical Center received the Heart Failure Gold Plus Quality Achievement Award, which recognizes the hospital’s commitment to ensuring heart failure patients receive the most appropriate treatment.
According to officials, Las Palmas Medical Center earned the honor by meeting “specific quality achievement measures for the diagnosis and treatment of heart failure patients at a set level for a designated period. Such measures include evaluation of the proper use of medications and aggressive risk-reduction therapies.”
According to the American Heart Association, more than 6.5 million adults in the United States live with a heart failure diagnosis. Many heart failure patients can lead a full, enjoyable life because their condition is managed with medication or devices, as well as with healthy lifestyle changes.
Del Sol Medical Center received the Stroke Gold Plus Quality Achievement Award by meeting specific quality achievement measures for the diagnosis and treatment of stroke patients at a set level for a designated period. These measures include evaluation of the proper use of medication and other stroke treatments aligned with the most up-to-date, evidence-based guidelines aimed at a fast recovery and reducing death and disability.
Additionally, Del Sol Medical Center achieved the Target Stroke Elite Plus award. To qualify for this recognition, hospitals must meet quality measures developed to reduce the time between the patient’s arrival at the hospital and treatment methods.
According to the American Heart Association/American Stroke Association, stroke is the fifth leading cause of death and adult disability in the United States.
On average, someone in the U.S. suffers a stroke every 40 seconds. Nearly 795,000 people suffer a new or recurrent stroke each year.
“Las Palmas Del Sol Healthcare hospitals know that with strokes, every second counts,” Annie Garcia, chief nursing officer at Del Sol Medical Center, said. “The hospital strives to implement the best technology and provide our patients with the best resources so that each patient has the best possible outcome. It is our honor to receive the Stroke Gold Plus Quality Achievement Award, as well as the Target: Stroke Elite Plus award this year.”
‘Get With The Guidelines’ was developed to save lives and improve recovery. The program has impacted more than 3 million patients since 2003. Get With The Guidelines-Heart Failure has achieved patient outcome improvements, including reductions in 30-day readmissions, since its launch in 2005.