Attached photo: Diane Kemp, Executive Director of the American Heart Association, Northwest Indiana, presents the Get with the Guidelines Silver Performance Achievement Award to Methodist Hospitals. Pictured from L to R: Ian McFadden, CEO/President, Methodist Hospitals, Diane Kemp, Executive Director, American Heart Association, Northwest Indiana, Laurie Valentino, Director, Neuroscience Services, Methodist Hospitals, Tony Jones, Vice President Operations, Methodist Hospitals.
Methodist Hospitals receives American Stroke Association’s Get With The Guidelines Silver Performance Achievement Award
Methodist Hospitals has received the American Stroke Association’s Get With The GuidelinesSM-Stroke (GWTG-Stroke) Silver Performance Achievement Award. The award recognizes Methodist Hospitals’ commitment and success in implementing a higher standard of stroke care by ensuring that stroke patients receive treatment according to nationally accepted standards and recommendations.
“With a stroke, time lost is brain lost, and the GWTG-Stroke Silver Performance Achievement Award addresses the important element of time,” said Sanjiv Maniar, MD, Medical Director, Stroke Program. Methodist Hospitals 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.
To receive the Get With The Guidelines-Stroke Silver Performance Achievement Award, Methodist Hospitals consistently complied for at least one year with the requirements in the Get With The Guidelines-Stroke program. These include aggressive use of medications like tPA, antithrombotics, anticoagulation therapy, DVT prophylaxis, cholesterol reducing drugs, and smoking cessation. This twelve-month evaluation period is the second in an ongoing self-evaluation by the hospital to continually reach the 85 percent compliance level needed to sustain this award.
“Methodist Hospitals has long been focused on improving the quality of stroke care in The Region. Implementing the Get With The Guidelines-Stroke program is another step in our continuous commitment to be the very best when it comes to providing specialty services in Northwest Indiana. This recognition is a testament to the hard work of our physicians and employees,” said Ian McFadden, President/CEO, Methodist Hospitals.
“The American Stroke Association commends Methodist Hospitals for its success in implementing standards of care and protocols,” said Lee H. Schwamm, M.D., Vice-Chair of the national Get With the Guidelines Steering Committee and Vice-Chair of the Neurology department and director of acute stroke services at Massachusetts General Hospital in Boston. “The full implementation of acute care and secondary prevention recommendations and guidelines is a critical step in saving the lives and improving outcomes of stroke patients.”
The number of acute ischemic stroke patients eligible for treatment is expected to grow over the next decade due to increasing stroke incidence and a large aging population. According to the American Stroke Association, each year approximately 795,000 people suffer a stroke - 610,000 are first attacks and 185,000 are recurrent. Every 40 seconds, someone in the United States is suffering from a stroke. This deadly condition accounts for 1 out of every 18 deaths in the United States.
Get With The Guidelines-Stroke uses the “teachable moment,” the time soon after a patient has had a stroke, when they are most likely to listen to and follow their healthcare professionals’ guidance. Studies demonstrate that patients who are taught how to manage their risk factors while still in the hospital reduce their risk of a second heart attack or stroke.
Through Get With The Guidelines-Stroke, customized patient education materials are made available at the point of discharge, based on patients’ individual risk profiles. The take-away materials are written in an easy-to-understand format and are available in English and Spanish. In addition, the GWTG Patient Management Tool provides access to up-to-date cardiovascular and stroke science at the point of care.
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