Regional Medical Center Awarded Elite Status for Stroke Care from American Heart Association/American Stroke Association

Regional Medical Center Awarded Elite Status for Stroke Care from American Heart Association/American Stroke Association

Regional Medical Center (RMC) recently announced that it has received Gold Plus and Target: Stroke Elite Honor Roll recognition as part of the American Heart Association/American Stroke Association’s Get with the Guidelines-Stroke® program. The award recognizes the hospital’s commitment to ensuring stroke patients receive the most appropriate treatment according to nationally recognized guidelines based on the latest scientific evidence. 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.

RMC 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 the proper use of medications and other stroke treatments aligned with the most up-to-date, evidence-based guidelines for speeding recovery and reducing death and disability for stroke patients. Pre-discharge practices such as providing patients with education on managing their health, scheduling follow-up visits and ensuring appropriate care transition interventions are also part of the evaluation.

“RMC is dedicated to improving the quality of care for stroke patients by implementing the American Heart Association’s Get with the Guidelines-Stroke initiative,” said Senior Director of Quality and Medical Staff Services Mickey Whisenhunt. “The tools and resources provided by the initiative help us track and measure our success in meeting evidence-based clinical guidelines developed to improve patient outcomes.”

To qualify for the Stroke Elite 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.

“We are pleased to recognize Regional Medical Center for their commitment to stroke care,” said Lee H. Schwamm, M.D., national chairperson for the program’s Quality Oversight Committee and Executive Vice Chair of Neurology/Director of Acute Stroke Services at Massachusetts General Hospital in Boston. “Research has shown that hospitals adhering to clinical measures through the Get with the Guidelines quality improvement initiative can often see fewer readmissions and lower mortality rates.”

Through its affiliation with the Medical University of South Carolina, RMC’s Primary Stroke Program provides urgent telestroke evaluations and treatments for patients 24 hours a day, seven days a week. Additionally, RMC’s Emergency Department has established a “stroke pathways” treatment plan to quickly guide patients through