|Kennedy University Hospital-Stratford Named A ‘Get With The Guidelines’ Gold Plus Achievement Award Hospital|
|Friday, March 22, 2013|
Kennedy University Hospital in Stratford has been named a recipient of the American Heart Association/American Stroke Association’s Get With The Guidelines® Stroke Gold Plus Achievement Award, which recognizes the hospital’s commitment and success in implementing excellent care for stroke patients, according to evidence-based guidelines. This is Kennedy – Stratford’s second time receiving this designation; the first was in 2011.
To receive the Gold Plus award, Kennedy – Stratford, a 181-bed acute care hospital -- achieved of 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.
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 the Get With The Guidelines–Stroke Gold Plus Achievement Award demonstrates Kennedy’s commitment to being one of the top hospitals in the country for providing aggressive, proven stroke care,” said Kennedy Chief Medical Officer David V. Condoluci, D.O. “We will continue with our focus on providing care that has been shown in the scientific literature to quickly and efficiently treat stroke patients with evidence-based protocols.”
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. According to the American Heart Association/American Stroke Association, stroke is the fourth 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 four minutes; and 795,000 people suffer a new or recurrent stroke each year.