Hugh Chatham Memorial Hospital Receives Get With The Guidelines “Target: Stroke Honor Roll” Award
Award demonstrates Hugh Chatham’s commitment to quality care for stroke patients
ELKIN, NC -- Hugh Chatham Memorial Hospital has received the American Heart Association/American Stroke Association’s Get With The Guidelines® “Target: Stroke Honor Roll” Quality Achievement Award at the association’s International Stroke Conference 2015. The award recognizes the hospital’s commitment and success ensuring that stroke patients receive the most appropriate treatment according to nationally recognized, research-based guidelines based on the latest scientific evidence.
Hugh Chatham is one of 500 hospitals to be recognized on the Target: Stroke Honor Roll, among the nearly 1,000 hospitals given quality achievement awards at the conference.
To receive the Target: Stroke Honor Roll award, 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. If given intravenously in the first three hours after the start of symptoms, tPA has been shown to significantly reduce the effects of stroke and lessen the chance of permanent disability. Over three months or greater, at least 50 percent of the hospital’s ischemic stroke patients have received tPA within 60 minutes of arriving at the hospital.
These quality measures 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.
“With a stroke, time lost is brain lost, and this award demonstrates our commitment to ensuring patients receive care based on nationally-recognized clinical guidelines,” said Emily Parks, RN, CCRN, Director of the Hugh Chatham Certified Primary Stroke Center. We are dedicated to improving the quality of stroke care and the American Heart Association/American Stroke Association’s Get With The Guidelines program helps us achieve that goal.”
“We are pleased to recognize Hugh Chatham 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.”
In addition to the above Target: Stroke award, Hugh Chatham also received Get With The Guidelines-Stroke Gold Plus recognition. Hospitals receiving Get With The Guidelines Gold Plus awards have achieved 85% or higher compliance with all measures in the most recent period, and 75% or higher compliance with the Get With The Guidelines-Stroke Quality Measures for two or more consecutive years.
Hugh Chatham’s Stroke Medical Director, Dr. Steven Meadows, added, “This recognition is an amazing credit to our team. I could not be more proud of our dedicated staff, under the capable leadership of Emily Parks, whose dedication to our patients and community is beyond compare.”
For providers, Get With The Guidelines–Stroke offers quality-improvement measures, discharge protocols, standing orders and other measurement tools. Providing hospitals with resources and information that make it easier to follow treatment guidelines can help save lives and ultimately reduce overall healthcare costs by lowering readmission rates for stroke patients.
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 Hugh Chatham Memorial Hospital
Hugh Chatham Memorial Hospital has been certified as an Advanced Primary Stroke Center since fall 2011.
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