Tri-City Medical Center has received the American Heart Association /American Stroke Association's Get With The Guidelines-Stroke Gold Plus Quality Achievement Award.
The award, the highest given by the association for stroke care, recognizes Tri-City's commitment and success in implementing a higher standard of care by ensuring that stroke patients receive treatment for at least 24 months according to nationally accepted standards and recommendations.
"With a stroke, time lost is brain lost, and the Get With The Guidelines-Stroke Gold Plus Quality Achievement Award addresses the important element of time," said Dr. Jack Schim, Medical Director of the Tri-City Medical Center Stroke Program. Tri-City has developed a comprehensive system for rapid diagnosis and treatment of stroke patients admitted to the emergency department. This includes always being equipped to provide brain imaging scans, having neurologists available to conduct patient evaluations and using clot-busting medications when appropriate.
"This award is a wonderful confirmation of the consistent ongoing effort that all of our staff – nurses, therapists and physicians – have been making to ensure the best care for our stroke patients," added Dr. Schim.
To receive the Get With The Guidelines-Stroke Gold Plus Quality Achievement Award, Tri-City demonstrated 85 percent adherence in the Get With The Guidelines–Stroke key measures for 24 or more consecutive months. These include aggressive use of medications such as, antithrombotics, anticoagulation therapy, DVT prophylaxis, cholesterol-reducing drugs, and smoking cessation.
According to the American Heart Association/American Stroke Association, stroke is one of the leading causes of death and serious, long-term 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.
This is the second time Tri-City has received a Stroke Gold Plus Award. The hospital received its first Stroke Gold Plus Award in 2010. It also received the Stroke Gold Award in 2009.