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OPMC EXPANDS CARDIAC SERVICES WITH NEW LAB

Orange Park Medical Center has opened an on-site Electrophysiology Lab to complement its cardiac services. The new lab, in the hospital's Heart & Lung Center, aids in the diagnosis and treatment of cardiac rhythm management disorders.

In the EP lab, the heart's electrical behaviors are diagnosed with a minimally invasive heart test. New procedures performed at Orange Park Medical Center include complex electrophysiology procedures such as electrical mapping, ablations, and lead extractions.

Conditions treated in the EP lab include heart arrhythmias, palpitations, heart blocks and weakened heart muscle. Treatment options may include implantation of special devices like pacemakers or defibrillators.

For more information about the Electrophysiology Lab, the Heart & Lung Center and available procedures, call (904) 639-8500.

BAPTIST SOUTH HONORED BY STROKE ASSOCIATION

For the third consecutive year, Baptist Medical Center South has earned the Get with the Guidelines Stroke Gold Plus Achievement Award from the American Heart Association and American Stroke Association.

In each of the three years beginning in 2010, Baptist South has achieved an adherence rate of at least 85 percent with the required performance measures. Baptist South, a designated stroke center, has also earned more than 75 percent compliance with six of the program's 10 quality measures.

In addition to the Get With The Guidelines Stroke award, Baptist South has also been named to the association's Target: Stroke Honor Roll for improving stroke care.

Florida law requires emergency medical services personnel to transport patients presenting with acute stroke symptoms to designated stroke centers. …