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RMC Receives National Resuscitation Recognition Award

7/13/2015



The Regional Medical Center (RMC) has received the American Heart Association’s Get With The Guidelines®–Resuscitation Bronze Award for implementing specific quality improvement measures in the treatment of patients who suffer in-hospital cardiac arrests.

“RMC is dedicated to helping our patients have the best possible outcomes, and implementing the American Heart Association’s Get With The Guidelines–Resuscitation program helps our teams put proven knowledge and guidelines to work on a daily basis,” said Thomas C. Dandridge, president and CEO of RMC. “This achievement brings national recognition to RMC for improving patient care and outcomes for patients who experience a resuscitation (CPR) event.”

RMC is awarded for meeting specific measures in treating in-hospital cardiac arrest patients. To receive the award, a hospital must comply with the quality measures for four months.

“We are pleased to recognize RMC for their commitment in following these guidelines,” said Deepak L. Bhatt, M.D., M.P.H., national chairman 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. “Shortening the time to effective resuscitation and maximizing post-resuscitation care is critical to patient survival.”

More than 200,000 adults and children have an in-hospital cardiac arrest each year, according to the American Heart Association. The Get With The Guidelines-Resuscitation program was developed with the goal to save lives of those who experience cardiac arrests through consistently following the most up-to-date research-based guidelines for treatment. Guidelines include following protocols for patient safety, medical emergency team response, effective and timely resuscitation and post-resuscitation care.

Get With The Guidelines–Resuscitation builds on the work of the American Heart Association’s National Registry of Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation originally launched in 1999 and has collected in-hospital arrest data from more than 500 hospitals. Data from the registry and the quality program give participating hospitals feedback on their resuscitation practice and patient outcomes. The data also help improve research-based guidelines for in-hospital resuscitation.


About the Regional Medical Center of Orangeburg & Calhoun Counties (RMC)

The Regional Medical Center, in Orangeburg, S.C., is a 286-bed acute-care facility, employing more than 1,200 healthcare professionals. Serving Orangeburg and Calhoun counties and surrounding areas, RMC is accredited by The Joint Commission and has Advanced Certification as a Primary Stroke Center. RMC offers a 24-hour emergency department and a full-range of high-quality medical services such as same day surgery, orthopaedics, obstetrics, cardiology, cancer care, dialysis access and the latest in diagnostic imaging.

The Regional Medical Center also operates nine Primary Care practices, three Cardiology practices, an Orthopaedics practice, two Surgery practices and an Internal Medicine/Gastroenterology practice, as well as after-hours Urgent Care with physician, lab and X-Ray in Santee and Bamberg. RMC’s Mobile Services van provides digital mammography and other screenings throughout the region.

About Get With The Guidelines®

Get With The Guidelines® is the American Heart Association/American Stroke Association’s hospital-based quality improvement program that provides hospitals with the latest research-based guidelines. Developed with the goal of saving lives and hastening recovery, Get With The Guidelines has touched the lives of more than 5 million patients since 2001. For more information, visit heart.org/quality or heart.org/QualityMap.

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