Huntington Hospitalreceived the American Heart Association/American Stroke
Association’s Get With The Guidelines®-Stroke Gold Plus Quality Achievement Award with Target: StrokeSM Honor Roll. The award recognizes the hospital’s commitment to providing
the most appropriate stroke treatment according to nationally recognized,
research-based guidelines based on the latest scientific evidence.
Hospitals must achieve 85 percent or higher adherence to all Get With The
Guidelines-Stroke achievement indicators for two or more consecutive 12-month
periods and achieve 75 percent or higher compliance with five of eight
Get With The Guidelines-Stroke Quality measures to receive the Gold Plus
Quality Achievement Award.
To qualify for the Target: Stroke 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
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 stroke
symptoms, tPA has been shown to significantly reduce the effects of stroke
and lessen the chance of permanent disability. Huntington Hospitalearned
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 quality measures are designed to help hospital teams follow the most
up-to-date, evidence-based guidelines with the goal of speeding recovery
and reducing death and disability for stroke patients.
“The recognition from the American Heart Association/American Stroke
Association’s Get With The Guidelines-Stroke further reinforces
our team’s hard work,” said Arbi Ohanian, MD, medical director
of Huntington Hospital’s Stroke Program. “As Huntington Hospital
continues to strive for excellence in the acute treatment of stroke patients,
this honor further demonstrates our commitment to delivering advanced
stroke treatments to patients quickly and safely."
“The American Heart Association and American Stroke Association recognize
Huntington Hospitalfor its commitment to stroke care,” said Paul
Heidenreich, MD, MS, national chairman of the Get With The Guidelines
Steering Committee and Professor of Medicine at Stanford University. “Research
has shown there are benefits to patients who are treated at hospitals
that have adopted the Get With The Guidelines program.”
Get With The Guidelines®-S puts the expertise of the American Heart
Association and American Stroke Association to work for hospitals nationwide,
helping hospital care teams ensure the care provided to patients is aligned
with the latest research-based guidelines. Developed with the goal to
save lives and improve recovery time, Get With The Guidelines®-S has
impacted more than 3 million patients since 2003.
According to the American Heart Association/American Stroke Association,
stroke is the No. 5 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, someone dies of a stroke every four minutes, and nearly
800,000 people suffer a new or recurrent stroke each year.