Crozer-Keystone Hospitals Honored with Quality Achievement Award for Stroke Care - Crozer-Keystone Health System - PA

Published on May 31, 2016

Crozer-Keystone Hospitals Honored with Quality Achievement Award for Stroke Care

Crozer-Keystone Health SystemMedia Contact:
Mary Wascavage
(610) 284-8619
Mary.Wascavage@crozer.org

  • DCMH earned the AHA/ASA Get With the Guidelines® – Stroke Gold Plus Quality Achievement Awards.
  • Crozer earned the AHA/ASA Get With the Guidelines® – Stroke Gold Quality Achievement Awards.

Delaware County Memorial Hospital and Crozer-Chester Medical Center have received the American Heart Association/American Stroke Association’s Get With The Guidelines® ─ Stroke Quality Achievement Award. DCMH earned the Gold Plus award and Crozer earned Gold. The awards recognize the hospitals’ commitment and success in ensuring stroke patients receive the most appropriate treatment according to nationally recognized, research-based guidelines based on the latest scientific evidence.

To receive the Gold Plus Quality Achievement Award, DCMH achieved 85 percent or higher adherence to all Get With The Guidelines ─ Stroke achievement indicators for two or more consecutive 12-month periods and achieved 75 percent or higher compliance with five of eight Get With The Guidelines ─ Stroke quality measures.

To receive the Gold Quality Achievement Award, Crozer achieved 85 percent or higher adherence to all Get With The Guidelines ─ Stroke achievement indicators for two or more consecutive 12-month periods.

These quality measures are designed to help hospital teams provide the most up-to-date, evidence-based guidelines with the goal of speeding recovery and reducing death and disability for stroke patients. They focus on appropriate use of guideline-based care for stroke patients, including aggressive use of medications such as clot-busting and anti-clotting drugs, blood thinners and cholesterol-reducing drugs, preventive action for deep vein thrombosis and smoking cessation counseling.

“These awards demonstrate the continued dedication of the staff to provide excellent quality of care to our stroke patients,” says Gregory Cuculino, M.D., chair of the Emergency Medicine Department for Crozer-Keystone Health System. “This includes not only acute care, but also community outreach efforts to increase awareness of risk factors, to prevent stroke, and to educate the patient and their family about continued care and rehabilitation after discharge from the hospital. Being consistently recognized by the American Heart Association is a true honor for all staff involved in the care of our stroke patients.”

“A stroke patient loses 1.9 million neurons each minute stroke treatment is delayed,” says Suzanne Hefton, R.N., stroke coordinator for Crozer-Keystone Health System. “This recognition further demonstrates our commitment to delivering advanced stroke treatments to patients quickly and safely. Crozer and DCMH continue to strive for excellence in the acute treatment of stroke patients. These awards further reinforce our teams’ hard work.”

In addition, Crozer and DCMH have met specific scientific guidelines set by The Joint Commission as a Primary Stroke Center, featuring a comprehensive system for rapid diagnosis and treatment of stroke patients admitted to the emergency department.

“The American Heart Association and American Stroke Association recognize Crozer-Chester Medical Center and Delaware County Memorial Hospital for their commitment to stroke care,” says Paul Heidenreich, M.D., M.S., national chairman of the Get With The Guidelines Steering Committee and Professor of Medicine at Stanford University. “Research has shown there are benefits to patients who are treated at hospitals that have adopted the Get With The Guidelines program.”

Get With The Guidelines ─ Stroke puts the expertise of the American Heart Association and American Stroke Association to work for hospitals nationwide, helping hospital care teams ensure the care provided to patients is aligned with the latest research-based guidelines. Developed with the goal to save lives and improve recovery time, Get With The Guidelines ─ Stroke has impacted more than 3 million patients since 2003.

According to the American Heart Association/American Stroke Association, stroke is the No. 5 cause of death and a leading cause of adult disability in the United States. On average, someone in the U.S. suffers a stroke every 40 seconds, someone dies of a stroke every four minutes, and nearly 800,000 people suffer a new or recurrent stroke each year.

To learn more about stroke care at Crozer-Keystone Health System, visit crozerkeystone.org/Stroke.

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