Jersey Shore University Medical Center Recognized For Implementing Quality Heart Disease and Stroke Care

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Jersey Shore University Medical Center Recognized For Implementing Quality Heart Disease and Stroke Care

Jersey Shore University Medical Center 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 GuidelinesSM program.

Jersey Shore University Medical Center is one of the hospitals that will be 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 Achievement Award. The awards are given for achievement in coronary artery disease, stroke and/or heart failure treatment.

"We are proud that the American Heart Association and American Stroke Association have chosen the 'America's Best Hospitals' issue of US News & World Report to recognize Jersey Shore University Medical Center for our achievements in their Get With The Guidelines program," said Steven G. Littleson, FACHE, president of Jersey Shore University Medical Center. "Get With The Guidelines gives our professionals the tools and reports they need to effectively treat our stroke patients."

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.

Get With The Guidelines is a hospital-based quality-improvement program designed to ensure that hospitals consistently care for cardiac and stroke patients following the most up-to-date guidelines and recommendations. The program addresses coronary artery disease, heart failure and stroke. Currently more than 1,450 hospitals participate in the program.

The American Heart Association/American Stroke Association's advertisement recognizes Jersey Shore University Medical Center's commitment and success in performance achievement.

"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." .

About Jersey Shore University Medical Center

Jersey Shore University Medical Center, a member of the Meridian Health family, is a not-for-profit university teaching and home to the K. Hovnanian Children's Hospital - the first children's hospital in Monmouth and Ocean counties. Jersey Shore is the regional provider of cardiac surgery, a program that has been ranked among the best in the Northeast, and is home to the only trauma center and nationally designated stroke center in the region. Jersey Shore University Medical Center specializes in cardiac care and surgery, orthopedics and rehabilitation, cancer care, and advanced women's and children's health services. For more information on Jersey Shore's advanced services or for a physician referral, call the Meridian Health Line at 1-800-560-9990.

About Get With The Guidelines

Get With The GuidelinesSM (GWTG) is the American Heart Association/American Stroke Association's hospital-based quality improvement program that empowers healthcare teams to save lives and reduce healthcare costs by helping hospitals follow evidence-based guidelines and recommendations. For more information, visit americanheart.org/getwiththeguidelines

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