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September 2020 - Volume 17 - Issue 3


Aventura Hospital, Kendall Regional and Mercy Hospital Receive Get With The Guidelines Stroke Achievement Awards

American Heart Association recognizes HCA East Florida’s Miami-Dade facilities for their commitment to quality stroke care
AUGUST 6 2020 -  HCA East Florida is proud to announce that its Miami-Dade facilities, Aventura Hospital and Medical Center and Kendall Regional Medical Center have been recognized by the American Heart Association with its coveted Get With The Guidelines® Target: Stroke Honor Roll Gold Plus Elite Quality Achievement Award. Mercy Hospital was recognized with Target: Stroke Honor Roll Gold Plus Quality Achievement Award. Aventura Hospital also achieved the Target: Type 2 Diabetes Honor Roll Quality Achievement Award. The awards recognize each hospital’s commitment to ensuring stroke patients receive the most appropriate treatment according to nationally recognized, research-based guidelines based on the latest scientific evidence.
All three hospitals earned the 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 medications and other stroke treatments aligned with the most up-to-date, evidence-based guidelines with the goal of speeding recovery and reducing death and disability for stroke patients. Before discharge, patients should also receive education on managing their health, get a follow-up visit scheduled, as well as other care transition interventions. 
Furthermore, 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 with the clot-buster tissue plasminogen activator, or tPA, the only drug approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration to treat ischemic stroke. Aventura Hospital also received the Type 2 Diabetes Honor Roll Achievement Award. 
“We are pleased to recognize Aventura Hospital and Medical Center, Kendall Regional Medical Center and Mercy Hospital for their commitment to stroke care,” said Lee H. Schwamm, M.D., national chairperson of the Quality Oversight Committee and Executive Vice Chair of Neurology, Director of Acute Stroke Services, Massachusetts General Hospital, Boston, Massachusetts. “Research has shown that hospitals adhering to clinical measures through the Get With The Guidelines quality improvement initiative can often see fewer readmissions and lower mortality rates.”
According to the American Heart Association/American Stroke Association, stroke is the No. 5 cause of death and a leading cause of adult disability in the United States. On average, someone in the U.S. suffers a stroke every 40 seconds and nearly 795,000 people suffer a new or recurrent stroke each year.
HCA East Florida, which consists of Aventura Hospital and Medical Center, Kendall Regional Medical Center and Mercy Hospital in Miami-Dade County, is the largest healthcare system in Eastern Florida and an affiliate of HCA Healthcare. HCA East Florida has 14 hospitals, multiple ambulatory surgery centers, physician practices, urgent care and free standing emergency care facilities, as well as a supply chain center and an integrated regional lab. Together, HCA East Florida employs more than 18,800 employees and has more than 6,900 physicians on staff. For more information, visit
About Get With The Guidelines®
Get With The Guidelines® is the American Heart Association/American Stroke Association’s hospital-based quality improvement program that provides hospitals with tools and resources to increase adherence to the latest research-based guidelines. Developed with the goal of saving lives and hastening recovery, Get With The Guidelines has touched the lives of more than 6 million patients since 2001. For more information, visit
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