OPMC celebrates new heart care recognition

Clay Today
Posted 8/2/18

ORANGE PARK – Orange Park Medical Center recently became the only hospital of about 800 in a six-state area of the Southeast to earn a prestigious award from the American Heart Association/American …

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OPMC celebrates new heart care recognition

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ORANGE PARK – Orange Park Medical Center recently became the only hospital of about 800 in a six-state area of the Southeast to earn a prestigious award from the American Heart Association/American Stroke Association.

The nonprofits’ “Get with the Guidelines” Recognition Awards honored for high performance in all five of their programs including stroke, heart failure, resuscitation, atrial fibrillation and coronary artery disease

The hospital administration and the American Heart Association teamed up Aug. 1 to honor staff and physicians for earning this elite status.

“Holding our stroke care to the American Heart Association’s standards and being a comprehensive stroke center is what saves lives every day at Orange Park Medical Center,” said Islam Tasfish, Neurologist at Orange Park Medical Center.

To qualify for the award, a hospital must meet quality measures developed by the American Heart Association for each category. Having earned all five awards demonstrates Orange Park Medical Center’s commitment to the community by providing quick and quality treatment to those suffering from a stroke, heart attack and early detection of atrial fibrillation, which can be the root cause of a stroke or heart attack.

“A stroke patient loses 1.9 million neurons each minute stroke treatment is delayed. These awards recognize our commitment to delivering advanced stroke treatments to patients quickly and safely,” Tafish said.

The Greater Southeast area includes hospitals in Florida, Georgia, Tennessee, Alabama, Louisiana, Mississippi and Puerto Rico.

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