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Hospital Recognized for Implementing Quality Care

June 29, 2009

Osceola Regional Medical Center Recognized for Implementing Quality Care

Kissimmee, FL — Osceola Regional 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 (GWTG) program.

Osceola Regional Medical Center and 569 other hospitals are featured in a July 28, 2009 advertisement in the “America’s Best Hospitals” issue of US News & World Report to commemorate their receipt of GWTG Silver Performance 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 Osceola Regional Medical Center for our achievements in their Get With The Guidelines program,” said E. Timothy Cook, CEO. “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, with the Silver Performance Achievement award going to those with 85 percent compliance for 12 consecutive months.

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 Osceola Regional 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 Osceola Regional Medical Center:
Osceola Regional Medical Center is a state-of-the-art hospital offering services including a 24-hour Emergency Department; 24-hour Obstetrician (OB) Coverage, Baby Suites Maternity Unit; Level II Neonatal Intensive Care Unit; Pediatrics; Accredited Chest Pain Center, Certified Primary Stroke Center, Orthopedic & Spine Center; Wound Healing Center; Kissimmee Physical Therapy Center; complete diagnostic, imaging and testing services such as Osceola Imaging Center and the Breast Care Center; and specialized facilities for community education. The hospital features a premier multi-million dollar, four-story cardiac care tower housing the Heart Institute of Osceola Regional Medical Center, which offers advanced comprehensive cardiac care from diagnostics and cardiac treatment including open-heart and vascular surgery to cardiac rehabilitation. The Institute specializes in minimally invasive heart valve surgeries.

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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Marketing & Public Relations Contact:
Vanessa Guevara
Phone: 407-518-4107