VALDOSTA — South Georgia Medical Center has been recognized for implementing the latest research-based treatment guidelines for adult cardiac arrests patients through the American Heart Association’s Get With the Guidelines® –Resuscitation quality improvement program. South Georgia Medical Center, a Gold level recipient, is among 53 hospitals receiving a Get With the Guidelines-Resuscitation award this year.
More than 1,700 hospitals received awards for their achievements in heart, stroke and resuscitation care. All recipients are featured in a special advertisement in the August issue of U.S. News & World Report’s “America’s Best Hospitals.” Each year, about 209,000 adults and children have an in-hospital cardiac arrest each year, according to the American Heart Association.
Get With The Guidelines-Resuscitation helps hospitals develop and implement protocols to help reduce disability and death from cardiac arrest. Guidelines include following protocols for patient safety, medical emergency team response, effective and timely resuscitation (CPR) and post-emergency care. To be eligible for the award, hospitals must follow specific performance measures at a set level for a designated period of time.
“We are proud that the American Heart Association has chosen the ‘America’s Best Hospitals’ issue of U.S. News & World Report to recognize South Georgia Medical Center,” said Interim CEO Dr. Raymond Snead. “The program is making it easier for our healthcare teams to improve the outcomes of our patients who experience a cardiac arrest.”