|Kennedy University Hospital – Cherry Hill Receives Get With The Guidelines Gold Plus Performance Achievement Award|
|Tuesday, December 14, 2010|
Kennedy University Hospital in Cherry Hill, NJ, has received the American Heart Association/American Stroke Association’s Get With The Guidelines® Stroke Gold Plus Performance Achievement Award. The award recognizes Kennedy’s commitment and success in implementing excellent care for stroke patients, according to evidence-based guidelines.
Award Demonstrates Kennedy – Cherry Hill's Commitment to Quality Care for Stroke Patients
To receive the award, Kennedy – Cherry Hill achieved 85 percent or higher adherence to all Get With The Guidelines-Stroke Performance Achievement indicators for two or more consecutive 12-month intervals, and achieved 75 percent or higher compliance with six of 10 Get With The Guidelines-Stroke Quality Measures, which are reporting initiatives to measure quality of care.
These measures include aggressive use of medications, such as tPA, antithrombotics, anticoagulation therapy, DVT prophylaxis, cholesterol reducing drugs and smoking cessation, all aimed at reducing death and disability and improving the lives of stroke patients.
“With a stroke, time lost is brain lost, and this Gold Plus Performance Achievement Award demonstrates Kennedy – Cherry Hill’s commitment to being one of the top hospitals in the country for providing aggressive, proven stroke care,” said Dr. Richard Boehler, Kennedy’s Chief Medical Officer.
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 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 Get With The Guidelines Patient Management Tool gives healthcare providers access to up-to-date cardiovascular and stroke science at the point of care.
According to the American Heart Association/American Stroke Association, stroke is the third leading cause of death in the United States and a leading cause of serious, long-term disability. On average, someone suffers a stroke every 45 seconds; someone dies of a stroke every three minutes; and 795,000 people suffer a new or recurrent stroke each year.