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Las Palmas Del Sol Healthcare Earns National Honors

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.

AHA Awards Grant to UTEP Pharmacy Researchers

A new grant from the American Heart Association (AHA) will help UTEP researchers study new ways to battle cardiovascular disease, which remains the leading cause of death in the United States.

The AHA awarded Fadi Khasawneh, Ph.D., chair and associate professor of pharmaceutical sciences, with a two-year, $154,000 grant to expand his research into a protein inside the blood cell platelets that could contribute to diseases such as strokes and heart attacks. These studies could lead to new therapies that could target that protein and counteract these diseases.

Khasawneh will use genetic models and human platelets as part of the research. His co-investigator will be Fatima Alshbool, Ph.D, assistant professor of pharmacology. They will be assisted by Zubair A. Karim, Ph.D., research assistant professor.

“Our work is expected to link the bench and bedside research,” Khasawneh said. “It may result in defining a new therapeutic target for managing certain forms of cardiovascular disease.”

The grant started in July 2017 and will finish at the end of June 2019

American Heart Association Celebrates “Vestido Rojo” Free Hispanic Women’s Heart Health Conference

Heart disease is the number one cause of death for Hispanic women and is a major health threat in El Paso. To address the needs of Hispanic women in El Paso, the American Heart Association is hosting Vestido Rojo, a free community health conference, on Saturday, February 25, at the Camino Real Hotel in El Paso.

The annual event features free health screenings, educational break out sessions, valued exhibitors featuring local health initiatives and a luncheon packed with entertainment and heart health information.

Vestido Rojo is an initiative, de todo corazón, and is held in conjunction with Go Red Por Tu Corazón, the American Heart Association’s nationwide movement that celebrates the energy, passion and power of Hispanic women to band together and wipe out heart disease. The event could not be possible without our Madrinas.

Each Madrina is committed to wiping out heart disease and becomes a health ambassador for their family, friends and community.

Heart disease remains the No. 1 killer of Hispanic women. Additionally, Hispanic women are likely to develop heart disease 10 years earlier than non-Hispanic white women, confront barriers to diagnosis and care, receive lower quality treatment and experience worse health outcomes than their Caucasian counterparts.

Just 3 in 10 Hispanic women say they have been informed by their doctor that they are at a higher risk. Only 1 in 4 Hispanic women is aware of proven treatment options. Heart disease can be prevented. In fact, research shows that 80 percent of cardiac events in women are linked to poor choices, involving diet, exercise and smoking.

This event is presented locally by The Hospitals of Providence and supported by Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center of El Paso, the American Heart Association’s City Goes Red Sponsor. Go Red Por Tu Corazón is sponsored nationally by Macy’s.

WHAT: Vestido Rojo

WHEN: Saturday, February 25, from 8:00am – 1:00pm

WHERE: Camino Real Hotel, 101 S El Paso St, El Paso, TX 79901

 

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