Good Samaritan Medical Center Nationally Recognized for Implementing Quality Heart Disease and Stroke Care 

West Palm Beach, FL (July, 2010) — Good Samaritan 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 Guidelines® program.


Good Samaritan Medical Center and 814 other hospitals are featured in a special advertisement in the “America’s Best Hospitals” August issue of US News & World Report to commemorate their receipt of the Get With the Guidelines Coronary Artery Disease GOLD Award, GOLD Heart Failure Award, and SIVER Stroke Award. To earn the GOLD awards, Good Samaritan Medical Center had to achieve at least 85 percent compliance to Get With The Guidelines measures for 24 consecutive months. For the Silver Stroke Award, the hospital achieved 85 percent compliance for 12 consecutive months.


Good Samaritan Medical Center is one of 1,400 hospitals that participate in the Get With The Guidelines program, which 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.


      “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 Good Samaritan Medical Center for our achievements in their Get With The Guidelines program,” said Angela Prestia, RN, MSN, CNA, Chief Nursing Officer.  “We congratulate our wonderful staff of physicians and nurses that have worked hard to implement this program and provide superior patient care.”


   The Cardiac and Vascular Institute at Good Samaritan is a valuable resource to the local community. The Institute’s advanced technology and highly skilled medical professionals assist Good Samaritan in providing high quality diagnosis and treatment to patients with known or suspected coronary diseases. The comprehensive capabilities offered include an invasive lab, cardiac rehabilitation facilities, a stress lab, echocardiology and electrocardiology support.


      “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, using a set of tools that have been shown to improve delivery of evidence-based care. The goal of this initiative is to improve the quality of life and help reduce deaths and disability among patients with heart disease and stroke.”