Baptist Medical Center Beaches honored with quality achievement award for stroke care
October 2, 2014 | Jacksonville, FL
Baptist Medical Center Beaches has received the “Get With The Guidelines®”-Stroke Silver-Plus Quality Achievement Award for implementing and maintaining specific quality improvement measures outlined by the American Heart Association/American Stroke Association for the treatment of stroke patients. The award exemplifies the commitment of the stroke team at Baptist Beaches to patients affected by stroke.
“Get With The Guidelines–Stroke” helps hospital teams provide the most up-to-date, research-based guidelines with the goal of speeding recovery and reducing death and disability for stroke patients. Baptist Beaches earned the award by meeting specific quality achievement measures for the rapid diagnosis and treatment of stroke patients at a set level for a designated time period. These measures include aggressive use of medications and risk-reduction therapies aimed at reducing death and disability and improving the lives of stroke patients.
“Baptist Beaches is dedicated to improving the quality of stroke care and The American Heart Association/American Stroke Association’s ‘Get With The Guidelines–Stroke’ helps us achieve that goal,” said Hospital President Joe Mitrick. “With this recognition, our hospital demonstrates our commitment to ensure that our patients receive care based on internationally-respected clinical guidelines.”
Neurologist Casey Carrigan, MD, director of Baptist Beaches Stroke Center, said, “Our Beaches stroke team is fully trained and ready to receive, diagnose and treat patients presenting with acute stroke. We have the expertise and technology for rapid stroke diagnosis and the ability to administer life-saving tPA (Tissue Plasminogen Activator) to people in our community, which can prevent devastating disability.” On admission to Baptist Beaches hospital, tPA-treated patients receive one-on-one nursing care of the highest caliber while in the critical care unit.
“We are pleased to recognize Baptist Beaches for their commitment and dedication to stroke care,” said Deepak L. Bhatt, MD, MPH, national chairman of the “Get With The Guidelines” steering committee and executive director of Interventional Cardiovascular Programs at Brigham and Women's Hospital and professor of Medicine at Harvard Medical School. “Studies have shown that hospitals that consistently follow ‘Get With The Guidelines’ quality improvement measures can reduce patients’ length of stays and 30-day readmission rates and reduce disparity gaps in care.”
“Get With The Guidelines–Stroke” also helps Baptist Beaches’ staff implement prevention measures, which include educating stroke patients to manage their risk factors and to be aware of warning signs for stroke, and ensuring they take their medications properly. Hospitals can make customized patient education materials available upon discharge, based on the patients’ individual risk profiles. The take-away materials are written in an easy-to-understand format in either English or Spanish.
According to the American Heart Association/American Stroke Association, stroke is the number four cause of death and a leading cause of adult 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.