Faxton St. Luke’s Healthcare’s Stroke Program Earns Get with the Guidelines® Stroke Gold Plus Achievement Award for Third Year In Row

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Caitlin McCann
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Release Date: 
Nov 5, 2013

Faxton St. Luke’s Healthcare (FSLH), the area’s only designated Primary Stroke Center, received the American Heart Association/American Stroke Association’s Get With The Guidelines® Stroke Gold Plus Achievement Award for the third year in a row. The award recognizes FSLH’s commitment and success in implementing excellent care for stroke patients, according to evidence-based guidelines.

To receive the award, FSLH 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, FSLH has also been recognized as a recipient of the association’s Target: Stroke Honor Roll for improving stroke care. Receiving this honor means that more than 50 percent of eligible ischemic stroke patients received IV rt-PA within 60 minutes of arriving at the hospital (known as “door-to-needle” time). This is considered the “Gold Standard” for t-PA administration and receiving both the Gold Plus and Target: Stroke Honor Roll awards is the highest award status given and makes FSLH one of the top Stroke Centers in the United States.

“With a stroke, time lost is brain lost, and receiving the Stroke Gold Plus Achievement Award for the third year in a row demonstrates FSLH’s commitment to being one of the top hospitals in the country for providing aggressive, proven stroke care,” said Angelina M. Roche, RN, Stroke Program clinical coordinator at FSLH. “We focus on providing care that quickly and efficiently treats stroke patients with evidence-based protocols.”

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 three minutes; and 795,000 people suffer a new or recurrent stroke each year.

“The number of acute ischemic stroke patients eligible for treatment is expected to grow over the next decade due to increasing stroke incidence and our aging population,” said Roche. “Our work and the care patients receive when they come to the area’s only designated Primary Stroke Center is life saving,”

“Faxton St. Luke’s Healthcare is to be commended for its commitment to implementing standards of care and protocols for treating stroke patients,” said Lee H. Schwamm, MD, chair of the Get With The Guidelines National Steering Committee and director of TeleStroke and Acute Stroke Services at Massachusetts General Hospital in Boston, Massachusetts. “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.”

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.

For more information on Get With The Guidelines, visit heart.org/quality.