Lakewood Ranch Medical Center (LWRMC) has received the American Heart Association® Get With The Guidelines® and Mission: Lifeline® achievement awards for demonstrating commitment to following up-to-date, research-based guidelines for the treatment of stroke and heart attack care, ultimately leading to more lives saved, shorter recovery times and fewer readmissions to the hospital.
In 2022, LWRMC received these achievement awards:
Get With The Guidelines - Stroke GOLD PLUS with Target: Stroke Honor Roll Elite
Mission: Lifeline – STEMI Receiving Center SILVER PLUS
According to the CDC, someone in the United States has a stroke or heart attack every 40 seconds, and heart disease and stroke are the No. 1 and No. 5 causes of death in this country, respectively. Studies show patients can recover better when providers consistently follow treatment guidelines.
Get With The Guidelines and Mission: Lifeline put the expertise of the American Heart Association and American Stroke Association® to work for hospitals nationwide, helping to ensure patient care is aligned with the latest evidence- and research-based guidelines. As a participant in both Mission: Lifeline/Get With The Guidelines programs, LWRMC qualified for the awards by demonstrating how its organization has committed to improving quality care.
"Lakewood Ranch Medical Center is committed to improving care by adhering to the latest treatment guidelines and streamlining processes to help ensure timely and proper care for heart attacks and strokes,” said Andy Guz, Chief Executive Officer at LWRMC. “The Mission: Lifeline and Get With the Guidelines programs make it easier for our teams to put proven knowledge and guidelines to work on a daily basis, which helps more people experience longer, healthier lives.”
“We are pleased to recognize Lakewood Ranch Medical Center for its commitment to caring for those in their community who need cardiovascular care,” said John Warner, MD, FAHA, past President of the American Heart Association and Executive Vice President for Health System Affairs at UT Southwestern Medical Center in Dallas. “Hospitals that follow the American Heart Association’s quality improvement protocols often see improved patient outcomes, fewer readmissions and lower mortality rates – a win for healthcare systems, families and communities.”