Nazareth Receives Get With The Guidelines Stroke Quality Award
NORTHEAST PHILADELPHIA, PA (May 28, 2013): Nazareth Hospital’s stroke team received its third Get With The Guidelines®-Stroke Gold Plus Quality Achievement Award from the American Stroke Association on May 15. Presented by Tawny Jackson, Director of Quality Improvement, American Heart/Stroke Association Great Rivers Affiliate, the award recognizes Nazareth Hospital’s commitment and success in implementing excellent care for stroke patients, according to evidence-based guidelines.
To receive the award, Nazareth Hospital achieved of 85 percent or higher adherence to all Get With The Guidelines-Stroke Quality 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.
Nazareth Hospital, a nationally certified Primary Stroke Center, was named one of America’s 100 Best Hospitals for Stroke Care by HealthGrades, earned the American Stroke Association's Get With The Guidelines Gold Plus Award in 2011 and 2012, has been the recipient of the HealthGrades Stroke Care Excellence AwardTM five times (2006, 2008, 2009, 2012, 2013). Nazareth Hospital provides advanced emergency stroke treatment, a 20-bed acute rehabilitation unit certified by the Commission on Accreditation of Rehabilitation Facilities (CARF), acute inpatient physical and occupational therapy, Transitional Care, and outpatient physical therapy at Nazareth Hospital Center for Physical Therapy, Rehabilitation and Balance.
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.