August 05, 2020
While much of the community focus is on COVID-19, heart attack and stroke continue to be major health threats as well. Every year, more than 250,000 people experience an ST-elevation myocardial infarction, known as a STEMI, the deadliest type of heart attack, and according to the American Heart Association/American Stroke Association, stroke is the number five cause of death in the United States. To ensure heart attack and stroke patients get the most appropriate treatment, quickly and according to nationally recognized, research based evidence, the American Heart Association has created protocols and guidelines. Doctors Hospital of Sarasota is consistently recognized for quality treatment and recently received the following awards for the hospital’s commitment to meeting specific quality achievement measures.
- Gold Receiving-Mission: Lifeline® program for heart attacks
- Honor Roll Elite -Gold Plus with Target: Stroke
- Honor Roll-Target: Type 2 Diabetes from Get With The Guidelines-Stroke® program
“Our ER at Doctors Hospital of Sarasota and Doctors Hospital of Sarasota ER in Lakewood Ranch continue to be open and safe. This recognition underscores the superior care our teams deliver for heart attacks and strokes,” said Robert Meade, CEO of Doctors Hospital of Sarasota. “If you need emergency care, please don’t delay treatment.”
According to experts, hospitals that follow the standards often see fewer readmissions and lower death rates. “We commend Doctors Hospital of Sarasota for this award in recognition for following evidence-based guidelines for timely heart attack treatment,” said Tim Henry, M.D., Chair of the Mission: Lifeline Acute Coronary Syndrome Subcommittee. “We applaud the significant institutional commitment to their critical role in the system of care for quickly and appropriately treating heart attack patients.” “We are pleased to recognize Doctors Hospital of Sarasota 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.