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Wednesday, August 17, 2022

Two Ocala hospitals nationally recognized for commitment to cardiovascular care

HCA Florida Ocala Hospital and HCA Florida West Marion Hospital have been nationally recognized by the American Heart Association for their commitment to providing high-quality cardiovascular care.

Both local hospitals recently earned the following achievement awards for demonstrating commitment to following up-to-date, research-based guidelines for the treatment of heart disease and stroke, which has led to more lives saved and shorter recovery times:

  • HCA Florida Ocala Hospital: Get With The Guidelines – Stroke GOLD PLUS with Target: Stroke Honor Roll Elite Plus; Advanced Therapy; and Target: Type 2 Diabetes Honor Roll.
  • HCA Florida West Marion Hospital: Get With The Guidelines – Stroke SILVER PLUS with Target: Stroke Honor Roll Elite; and Target: Type 2 Diabetes Honor Roll.

In the United States, someone has a stroke or heart attack every 40 seconds. Heart disease and stroke are the number one and number five causes of death in the country, respectively, and studies have shown that patients have a better chance of recovery when healthcare providers consistently follow treatment guidelines.

As participants in the ‘Get With The Guidelines’ programs, HCA Florida Ocala Hospital and HCA Florida West Marion Hospital both qualified for the awards by demonstrating how their organizations have committed to improving quality care.

Chad Christianson, HCA Florida Ocala Hospital CEO, stated that the hospital is committed to improving care by adhering to the latest treatment guidelines while streamlining processes to ensure timely and proper care for heart attacks and strokes.

“The ‘Get With The Guidelines’ program makes it easier for our teams to put proven knowledge and guidelines to work on a daily basis, which helps us ensure more people in Marion County experience longer, healthier lives,” said Christianson.

HCA Florida West Marion Hospital CEO Peter Hemstead expressed that the hospital’s team is proud to be recognized for providing timely and proper care for heart attacks and strokes. Hemstead added that the ‘Get With The Guidelines’ program “helps our team provide top care for Marion County and our patients.”

HCA Florida Healthcare includes over 450 affiliated sites of care across the state, including HCA Florida Ocala Hospital (1431 SW 1st Avenue in Ocala) and HCA Florida West Marion Hospital (4600 SW 46th Court in Ocala).

There are multiple freestanding emergency rooms in Marion and Sumter counties that are also a part of the HCA system, including HCA Florida Maricamp Emergency (2897 SE Maricamp Road in Ocala), HCA Florida Summerfield Emergency (14193 U.S. 27/441 in Summerfield), and HCA Florida Trailwinds Village Emergency (6131 Seven Mile Drive in Wildwood).

For more information, visit the HCA Florida Healthcare webpage.