Coral Gables Hospital honored with award for stroke care

Coral Gables Hospital honored with award for stroke care

Pictured are Emily Ryan, development director, Go Red For Women – American Heart Association; Sheri Montgomery, CFO; Cristina Jimenez, COO; Rose Ordieres, CNO; Maria Garcia, director of emergency services and stroke coordinator; Jeffrey Walker, director of Quality & System Improvement – American Heart Association; Maria Feliciano, DBD; Jeffrey Welch, CEO; and Jesssica Miller, director of quality.

Coral Gables Hospital has received the Get With The Guidelines-Stroke Silver-Plus Quality Achievement Award for implementing specific quality improvement measures outlined by the American Heart Association/American Stroke Association for the treatment of stroke patients. Coral Gables Hospital’s primary stroke center is a part of Tenet Florida’s Advanced Neuroscience Network.

Get With The Guidelines Stroke helps hospital teams provide the most up-to-date, research-based guidelines with the goal of speeding recovery and reducing death and disability for stroke patients. Coral Gables Hospital earned the award by meeting specific quality achievement measures for the rapid diagnosis and treatment of stroke patients at a set level for a designated period. These measures include aggressive use of medications and risk-reduction therapies aimed at reducing death and disability and improving the lives of stroke patients.

“Coral Gables Hospital is honored to receive the American Heart Association/American Stroke Association’s Get With The Guidelines–Stroke Silver-Plus Quality Achievement Award,” said Jeff Welch, CEO of Coral Gables Hospital. “This recognition demonstrates our commitment to patients and the neurological care they receive in our primary stroke center.”

“We are pleased to recognize Coral Gables Hospital for their commitment and dedication to stroke care,” said Deepak L. Bhatt, MD, MPH, national chair of the Get With The Guidelines steering committee and executive director of Interventional Cardiovascular Programs at Brigham and Women’s Hospital and professor of medicine at Harvard Medical School.

“Studies have shown that hospitals that consistently follow Get With The Guidelines quality improvement measures can reduce patients’ length of stays and 30-day readmission rates and reduce disparity gaps in care.”

Get With The Guidelines–Stroke also helps Coral Gables Hospital’s staff implement prevention measures, which include educating stroke patients to manage their risk factors and to be aware of warning signs for stroke, and ensuring they take their medications properly. Hospitals can make customized patient education materials available upon discharge, based on the patients’ individual risk profiles. The take-away materials are written in an easy-to-understand format in either English or Spanish.

According to the American Heart Association/American Stroke Association, stroke is the No. 4 cause of death and a leading cause of adult disability in the United States. On average, someone suffers a stroke every 40 seconds; someone dies of a stroke every four minutes, and 795,000 people suffer a new or recurrent stroke each year.

Coral Gables Hospital is a 245- bed acute care hospital located at 3100 Douglas Road in the heart of historic Coral Gables. To learn more about Coral Gables Hospital, visit

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