Kennedy University Hospitals Receive Stroke Program Achievement Awards
Tuesday, December 06, 2011

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Kennedy University Hospital’s campuses in Cherry Hill, Stratford and Washington Township, NJ, have each received achievement awards recently though the American Heart Association/American Stroke Association’s Get With The Guidelines® program.

All three Kennedy hospitals are certified as Primary Stroke Centers by the New Jersey Department of Health & Senior Services. This designation was granted based on the hospitals’ advanced capabilities and protocols for the rapid and effective diagnosis and treatment of stroke patients.

  • Kennedy University Hospital/Cherry Hill has recently received the Stroke Gold Plus Achievement Award for the second time. The award recognizes Kennedy – Cherry Hill’s commitment and success in implementing excellent care for stroke patients, according to evidence-based guidelines. To receive the award, Kennedy – Cherry Hill achieved 85 percent or higher adherence to all Get With The Guidelines-Stroke 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.  In addition to the Get With The Guidelines-Stroke award, Kennedy – Cherry Hill has also been recognized as a recipient of the association’s Target: Stroke Honor Roll, for improving stroke care.  Over the past quarter, at least 50 percent of eligible ischemic stroke patients have received IV rt-PA within 60 minutes of arriving at the hospital (known as ‘door-to-needle’ time).
  • Kennedy University Hospital/Stratford has been awarded the American Heart Association/American Stroke Association’s Get With The Guidelines®-Stroke Silver Plus Quality Achievement Award.  To receive the Get With The Guidelines-Stroke Silver Plus Quality Achievement Award, Kennedy – Stratford achieved at least 12 consecutive months of 85 percent or higher adherence to all Get With The Guidelines-Stroke Quality Achievement indicators and achieved at least 75 percent or higher compliance with six of 10 Get With The Guidelines-Stroke Quality Measures during that same period of time, which are reporting initiatives to measure quality of care.
  • Kennedy University Hospital/Washington Township has been honored with the American Heart Association/American Stroke Association’s Get With The Guidelines®Stroke Bronze Quality Achievement Award. Kennedy – Washington Township has developed a comprehensive system for rapid diagnosis and treatment of stroke patients admitted to the emergency department. To receive the Get With The Guidelines–Stroke Bronze Quality Achievement Award, Kennedy – Washington Township consistently followed the treatment guidelines in the Get With The Guidelines–Stroke program for 90 days. These include aggressive use of medications like tPA, antithrombotics, anticoagulation therapy, DVT prophylaxis, cholesterol reducing drugs, and smoking cessation. The 90-day evaluation period is the first in an ongoing self-evaluation by the hospital to continually reach the 85 percent compliance level needed to sustain this award.

“We commend Kennedy’s hospitals for their success in implementing standards of care and protocols,” said Lee H. Schwamm, M.D., Chair of the National Get With the Guidelines Steering Committee and director of the TeleStroke and 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.”

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.