St. Agnes Hospital 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 to ensuring stroke patients receive rapid diagnosis and treatment of stroke. These measures include evaluation of the proper use of medications and other stroke treatments with the goal of reducing death and disability for stroke patients.
“St. Agnes Hospital is dedicated to improving the quality of care for our stroke patients,” according to Nicki Gritt Franzen, RN, Agnesian HealthCare stroke coordinator & case manager. “The tools and resources provided help us track and measure our success while improving patient outcomes.”
St. Agnes Hospital additionally received the American Heart Association’s Target: Stroke Honor Roll Elite Award. To qualify for this recognition, 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 St. Agnes Hospital for its commitment to stroke care,” says Lee H. Schwamm, MD, national chairperson of the Quality Oversight Committee and executive vice chair of Neurology, director of Acute Stroke Services, Massachusetts General Hospital, Boston, Massachusetts. “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.”
According to the American Heart Association/American Stroke Association, stroke is the No. five 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.