Orlando Health South Lake Hospital receives Get with the Guidelines-Stroke Bronze Quality Achievement Award


Clermont, FL -- July, 2019 ― Orlando Health South Lake Hospital has received the American Heart Association/American Stroke Association’s Get With The Guidelines®-Stroke Bronze Quality Achievement Award. The award recognizes the hospital’s commitment to ensuring stroke patients receive the most appropriate treatment according to nationally recognized, research-based guidelines based on the latest scientific evidence.

South Lake Hospital earned the award by meeting specific quality achievement measures for the diagnosis and treatment of stroke patients at a set level for a designated period. These measures include evaluation of the proper use of medications and other stroke treatments aligned with the most up-to-date, evidence-based guidelines with the goal of speeding recovery and reducing death and disability for stroke patients. Before discharge, patients should also receive education on managing their health as well as other care transition interventions.

“South Lake Hospital is dedicated to improving the quality of care for our stroke patients by implementing the American Heart Association’s Get With The Guidelines-Stroke initiative,” said Bonnie Onofre, Chief Nursing Officer. “The tools and resources provided help us track and measure our success in meeting evidenced-based clinical guidelines developed to improve patient outcomes.”

South Lake Hospital is also recognized on the association’s Target: Stroke Honor Roll. To qualify for the Target: Stroke Honor Roll, hospitals must meet quality measures developed to reduce the time between the patient’s arrival at the hospital and treatment with the clot-buster tissue plasminogen activator, or tPA, the only drug approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration to treat ischemic stroke.

South Lake Hospital has also met specific scientific guidelines as a Primary Stroke Center, featuring a comprehensive system for rapid diagnosis and treatment of stroke patients admitted to the emergency department.

According to the American Heart Association/American Stroke Association, stroke is the No. 5 cause of death and a leading cause of adult disability in the United States. On average, someone in the U.S. suffers a stroke every 40 seconds and nearly 795,000 people suffer a new or recurrent stroke each year.



About Orlando Health South Lake Hospital

Orlando Health South Lake Hospital is a not-for-profit, 170-bed hospital that serves Lake County communities. The hospital is situated on a 180-acre health, education and wellness campus that includes the acute care hospital, Center for Women’s Health and the National Training Center, which attracts elite athletes and sports teams from around the world for training and conditioning. The campus also houses South Lake Endoscopy Center, South Lake Surgery Center, South Lake Home Health, South Lake Wound Care Center and SkyTop View Rehabilitation Center, a leading edge, post-surgical rehabilitation center caring for patients recovering from orthopedic and general surgery procedures. The hospital also recently opened two new free-standing emergency room and medical pavilions. Located at North US HWY 27 and Blue Cedar road and at South US HWY 27 and 192, each medical pavilion offers convenient access to healthcare services including a 24-hour ER staffed by board-certified physicians, outpatient imaging, laboratory services, physical rehabilitation, physician offices and more. Orlando Health South Lake Hospital was founded in 1947, employs over 1,600 team members and has more than 400 physicians on its medical staff.

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 tools and resources to increase adherence to 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 6 million patients since 2001. For more information, visit

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