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Flagler Hospital Recognized for Implementing Quality Heart and Stroke Care

Flagler Hospital Recognized for Implementing Quality Heart and Stroke Care

Flagler Hospital has been recognized for achievement in using evidence-based guidelines to provide the best possible care to patients through The American Heart Association/ American Stroke Association’s Get With The GuidelinesSMprogram.

Flagler Hospitaland 569 other hospitals are featured in a July 28 advertisement in the “America’s Best Hospitals” issue of US News & World Report to commemorate their receipt of Get With The Guidelines Gold or Silver Performance Achievement Award.  The awards are given for achievement in coronary artery disease, stroke and/or heart failure treatment.        

Hospitals are recognized in each category in which they achieve at least 85 percent compliance to Get with the Guidelines measures.  Those hospitals marking 85 percent compliance for 24 consecutive months are given the Gold Performance Achievement Award, with the Silver Performance Achievement award going to those with 85 percent compliance for 12 consecutive months.

“The American Heart Association is pleased to recognize its top Get With The Guidelines participants,” said. Lee Schwamm, M.D., national chairman, of the Get With The Guidelines steering committee, associate professor of neurology at Harvard Medical School and Vice Chairman of Neurology at Massachusetts General Hospital.  “Healthcare providers who use Get With The Guidelines are armed with the latest evidence-based guidelines and immediate access to clinical decision support.  The goal of this initiative is to ultimately improve the quality of life and help reduce deaths among heart and stroke patients.”

“We appreciate the American Heart Association/ American Stroke Association’s decision to recognize Flagler Hospital, along with the other Get with the Guidelines award recipients, in the ‘America’s Best Hospitals’ issue of US News & World Report.” said Flagler Hospital President, Joe Gordy.  “As a Primary Stroke Care Center, and St. Johns County’s only comprehensive cardiac care provider, we are committed to utilizing evidence-based guidelines to achieve the highest level of quality care.”

About Flagler Hospital

Flagler Hospital is a 316-bed acute care hospital that is consistently recognized nationally for overall clinical excellence.  Flagler was Northeast Florida’s only hospital to earn a 5 star rating for Maternity Care from HealthGrades in 2009 and was the region's first hospital to receive the ANCC Magnet hospital award.  Thomson Reuters also named Flagler Hospital among the nation’s Top 100 Performance Improvement Leaders for the past three consecutive years. Most recently, the hospital earned the Gold Seal of Approval™ from The Joint Commission for Primary Stroke Care Centers, Center of Excellence Designation for its Bariatric Surgery Center. For more information about Flagler Hospital, please visit us at




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