St. Vincent’s Riverside receives American Heart Association’s Stroke Gold Quality Achievement Award | Health
JACKSONVILLE, Fla. -- St. Vincent’s Medical Center Riverside has received the Get With The Guidelines®–Stroke Gold Quality Achievement Award from the American Heart Association. The award recognizes St. Vincent’s Riverside’s commitment and success in implementing a higher standard of care by ensuring that stroke patients receive treatment according to nationally accepted guidelines.
Get With The Guidelines–Stroke helps the staff at St. Vincent’s Riverside develop and implement acute and secondary prevention guideline processes to improve patient care and outcomes. The program provides hospitals with a web-based patient management tool, best practice discharge protocols and standing orders, along with a robust registry and real-time benchmarking capabilities to track performance.
The quick and efficient use of guideline procedures can improve the quality of care for stroke patients and may reduce disability and save lives.
“With aggressive processes in place we aim to provide patients with a higher quality of care that in turn will translate to improved outcomes,” said Cynthia Hailey-Letterman, System Neuroscience Coordinator for St. Vincent’s HealthCare. “This award shows St. Vincent’s is committed to meeting national standards.”
Following Get With The Guidelines-Stroke treatment guidelines, patients are started on aggressive risk-reduction therapies including the use of medications such as tPA, antithrombotics and anticoagulation therapy, along with cholesterol reducing drugs and smoking cessation counseling. These are all aimed at reducing death and disability and improving the lives of stroke patients. Hospitals must adhere to these measures at a set level for a designated period of time to be eligible for this achievement award.
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.