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Indian River Medical Center Receives Get With The Guidelines - Gold Plus Quality Achievement Award for Heart Failure and Stroke

VERO BEACH, Fla. (May 31, 2018) — Indian River Medical Center has received the American Heart Association’s Get With The Guidelines® – Heart Failure Gold Plus Quality Achievement Award as well as the Stroke Gold Plus Quality Achievement Award. These awards recognize the hospital’s commitment to ensuring heart failure and stroke patients receive the most appropriate treatment according to nationally recognized, research-based guidelines founded in the latest scientific evidence.

Indian River Medical Center earned the Heart Failure award by meeting specific quality achievement measures for the diagnosis and treatment of patients at a set level for a designated period. These measures include evaluation of the proper use of medications and aggressive risk-reduction therapies. Before discharge, patients should also receive education on managing their heart failure and overall health, get a follow-up visit scheduled, as well as other care transition interventions.

Indian River Medical Center earned the Stroke 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.

Indian River Medical Center is also recognized on the association’s Target: Heart FailureSM Honor Roll. Hospitals are required to meet specific criteria that improves medication adherence, provides early follow-up care and coordination and enhances patient education. The goal is to reduce hospital readmissions and help patients improve their quality of life in managing this chronic condition.

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