Crozer and DCMH Earn AHA/ASA Gold Plus Stroke Achievement Award
- Crozer-Chester Medical Center and Delaware Country Memorial Hospital achieved the American Heart Association/American Stroke Association’s Get With The Guidelines® (GWTG) Gold Plus Quality Achievement Award for stroke care. Gold Plus is the highest level of achievement through the GWTG program.
- The GWTG program places the expertise of the American Stroke Association to work for hospitals, ensuring that the care the hospital provides to stroke patients is up-to-date with the latest scientific guidelines.
- Crozer and DCMH, along with Taylor Hospital, are certified by The Joint Commission as Primary Stroke Centers. This means that the hospitals’ programs meet the highest national standards of care for stroke patients and adhere to guidelines that can significantly improve outcomes for stroke patients.
- If you suspect someone is having a stroke, call 9-1-1 and ask for treatment at a Certified Primary Stroke Center.
Crozer-Chester Medical Center and Delaware Country Memorial Hospital were
presented with the American Heart Association/American Stroke Association’s Get
With The Guidelines® (GWTG) Gold Plus Quality Achievement Award for stroke
care. The award recognizes Crozer and DCMH’s commitment and success in
implementing excellent care for stroke patients, according to evidence-based
designed for in-hospital quality improvement. It places the expertise of the
American Stroke Association to work for hospitals, ensuring that the care the
hospital provides to stroke patients is up-to-date with the latest scientific
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 health care 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.
GWTG–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 health care providers access to up-to-date cardiovascular
and stroke science at the point of care.
receive the Get With The Guidelines Stroke Gold Plus Performance Achievement
Award, Crozer and DCMH achieved 85 percent or higher adherence to all Get
With The Guidelines–Stroke Quality Achievement indicators for two or
more consecutive 12-month intervals. Each hospital also 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 (a clot-busting medication),
therapy, DVT prophylaxis, cholesterol-reducing drugs and smoking cessation, all
aimed at reducing death and disability and improving the lives of stroke
is the highest level of achievement available through the GWTG program. Both
Crozer and DCMH, as well as Taylor Hospital, have achieved the Bronze and
Silver Plus Performance Achievement Award. Taylor is in the process of working
toward the Gold Award.
of this type demonstrates a commitment to consistently provide excellent care
at all levels of the patient care team,” says Bradley Grayum M.D., chief of the
Division of Neurology at Crozer. “This cannot be achieved by the head of a
department or a director of the stroke program, but only by the efforts of our
stroke coordinators, head nurses and floor nurses who plan and provide the care
that is judged by these guidelines. When we have asked our nurses to take on
additional clinical tasks (or simply additional documentation) they have been
engaged and enthusiastic. For example, stroke education for our patients is a
crucial element of the service provided by any good stroke team (i.e.,
explaining to patients how to avoid having another stroke). Our nursing staff
has developed and executed the plan for delivering this crucial information to
our patients at a level that was recognized by this Gold award.
awards are not earned by brilliant thoughts or clever conceptual insights,”
Grayum continues, “but only through the care and efforts of the people who are
on the floors with the patients all day and all night. They’ve had to work to
change the way they deliver care and we should all appreciate their efforts.
Care provided at a level that warrants an award like this is a resource for all
of us who live or work in the community.”
Plus award given to both Crozer and DCMH reaffirms a system-wide commitment to
the highest level of stroke treatment within Crozer-Keystone Health System. The
residents of Delaware County can be reassured that when they experience
stroke-like symptoms they will be treated with the utmost urgency and
state-of-the-art care in order to minimize complications and maximize
recovery,” adds Joseph Lubeck, D.O., medical director of the Stroke Program at
Delaware County Memorial Hospital.
Jenkins, R.N., stroke coordinator for Crozer and Taylor, comments on the team
approach that is used to take care of stroke patients. “Each person plays an
integral part in the recovery of that patient — from EMS, who brings them to
the hospital, to the nurse who discharges them to rehab or home. Our focus is
to deliver quick, evidence-based care and then work with the patient to make
sure they know what to do to prevent another stroke, as well as how to minimize
their risk factors,” she says.
addition, Crozer, DCMH, and Taylor are all certified by The Joint Commission as
a Primary Stroke Center. This means that the hospitals’ programs meet the
highest national standards of care for stroke patients and adhere to guidelines
that can significantly improve outcomes for stroke patients. “Remember this
statement: Time is Brain!,” says Maureen DePrince, R.N., clinical program
coordinator for DCMH. “Seeking treatment immediately for stroke can
significantly impact a patient’s outcome. Hospitals that are certified as
Primary Stroke Centers have proven that an organized, multidisciplinary
approach to stroke treatment and care can greatly improve a patient’s chances
for a full recovery. Stroke Centers have systems in place that ensure that all
departments work together to provide the best possible care to our patients —
from acute treatment to rehabilitation, and then secondary stroke prevention.”
more about stroke, visit http://stroke.crozer.org.