Baptist Medical Center Beaches receives resuscitation recognition award
June 9, 2015 | Jacksonville, FL
Baptist Medical Center Beaches has received the Get With The Guidelines®–Resuscitation Silver Award for implementing specific quality improvement measures outlined by the American Heart Association for the treatment of patients who suffer in-hospital cardiac arrests in the hospital.
More than 200,000 adults and children have an in-hospital cardiac arrest each year, according to the American Heart Association. The Get With The Guidelines-Resuscitation program aims to help hospital teams save more lives threatened by cardiopulmonary emergencies by consistently following the most up-to-date scientific guidelines for treating patients who suffer a cardiac arrest in the hospital. Guidelines include following protocols for patient safety, medical emergency team response, effective and timely resuscitation (CPR) and post-resuscitation care.
Baptist Medical Center Beaches received the award for meeting specific measures in treating patients who suffer in-hospital cardiac arrests in the hospital. To receive this award a hospital must comply with the quality measures for one year. Baptist Beaches was one of only two adult hospitals to receive the silver award in Florida.
“We at Baptist Medical Center Beaches are committed to providing excellent, evidence-based, medical care to our patients,” said Pamela Rama, MD, cardiologist for Baptist Heart Specialists and medical director of cardiac rehab at Baptist Beaches and of the Baptist HeartWise Prevention Program. “We are honored to receive this recognition and we will continue to provide care that has been proven by clinical trials to make a difference in patient care and outcomes. We will continue to work with the American Heart Association to reach its 2020 Impact Goal of reducing death from heart disease and stroke by at least 20 percent by 2020.”
Joe Mitrick, hospital president for Baptist Beaches, added, “Baptist Beaches is dedicated to helping our patients have the best possible outcomes. I’m proud of the Baptist Beaches team which works to ensure we are prepared to treat all cardiopulmonary emergencies. Implementing the American Heart Association’s Get With The Guidelines–Resuscitation program helps us accomplish this by making it easier for our teams to put proven knowledge and guidelines to work on a daily basis.”
Get With The Guidelines-Resuscitation builds on the work of the American Heart Association’s National Registry of Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation, originally launched in 1999. The registry has collected in-hospital cardiac arrest data from more than 500 hospitals. Data from the registry and the quality program give participating hospitals feedback on their resuscitation practice and patient outcomes. The data also help improve research-based guidelines for in-hospital resuscitation.
“We are pleased to recognize Baptist Medical Center Beaches for their commitment in following these guidelines,” said Deepak L. Bhatt, M.D., M.P.H., national chairman of the Get With The Guidelines steering committee and Executive Director of Interventional Cardiovascular Programs at Brigham and Women's Hospital and Professor of Medicine at Harvard Medical School. “Shortening the time to effective resuscitation and maximizing post-resuscitation care is critical to patient survival.”