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RMC Receives Get With The Guidelines®-Stroke Gold Plus Quality Achievement Award

6/25/2015


 

Award demonstrates RMC’s commitment to quality care for stroke patients

The Regional Medical Center has received the American Heart Association/American Stroke Association’s Get With The Guidelines®-Stroke Gold Plus Quality Achievement Award. The award recognizes the hospital’s commitment and success in ensuring stroke patients receive the most appropriate treatment according to nationally recognized, research-based guidelines based on the latest scientific evidence.

To receive the Gold Plus Quality Achievement Award, hospitals must achieve 85 percent or higher adherence to all Get With The Guidelines-Stroke achievement indicators for two or more consecutive 12-month periods and achieve 75 percent or higher compliance with five of eight Get With The Guidelines-Stroke Quality measures.

   
 

RMC has received the Get With The Guidelines®–Stroke Gold Plus Quality Achievement Award. The award recognizes RMC’s commitment and success in ensuring stroke patients receive the most appropriate treatment according to nationally recognized, research-based guidelines based on the latest scientific evidence. From left are Nicole Rose, Progressive Care Unit (PCU) Nurse Manager; Bryan Mros, Critical Care Director; Kartina Harrison, PCU Unit Based Educator; Sherry Davis, Stroke Program Coordinator; Gary Ferguson, Laboratory and Cancer Center Director; Mohammed Alhatou, MD, Stroke Program Medical Director; Penny Ryant, Third West/Medical Surgical Step-down Unit (MSSU)/PCU Nurse Director; Tom Dandridge, President & CEO; Indun Whetsell, Director of Quality Management and Medical Staff Services; Stacia Bell, Director of Quality and Systems Improvement –American Heart Association–Mid-Atlantic Affiliate; Cheryl Shuler, CCU/ICU Unit Based Educator; Melissa Thomas, MSSU Nurse Manager; Tracy Sandifer, MSSU Unit Based Educator; and Kelly Gartman, Director of Radiology.

These quality measures are designed to help hospital teams provide the most up-to-date, evidence-based guidelines with the goal of speeding recovery and reducing death and disability for stroke patients. They focus on appropriate use of guideline-based care for stroke patients, including aggressive use of medications such as clot-busting and anti-clotting drugs, blood thinners and cholesterol-reducing drugs, preventive action for deep vein thrombosis and smoking cessation counseling.

“With a stroke, time lost is brain lost, and this award demonstrates our commitment to ensuring patients receive care based on nationally-respected clinical guidelines,” said Mohammed Alhatou, MD, medical director of RMC Primary Stroke Center. “The Regional Medical Center is dedicated to improving the quality of stroke care and the American Heart Association/American Stroke Association’s Get With The Guidelines-Stroke helps us achieve that goal.”

As a Primary Stroke Center, RMC features a comprehensive system for rapid diagnosis and treatment of stroke patients. This certification demonstrates that RMC’s program meets critical elements of performance to achieve long-term success in improving outcomes for stroke patients.

“We are pleased to recognize the Regional Medical Center for their commitment to stroke care,” 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. “Studies have shown that hospitals that consistently follow Get With The Guidelines quality improvement measures can reduce length of stay and 30-day readmission rates and reduce disparities in care.”

According to the American Heart Association/American Stroke Association, stroke is the number five cause of death and a leading cause of adult disability in the United States. On average, someone suffers a stroke every 40 seconds; someone dies of a stroke every four minutes; and 795,000 people suffer a new or recurrent stroke each year.


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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