Baptist Medical Center South receives Gold Plus award for quality stroke treatment
May 21, 2015 | Jacksonville, FL
Baptist Medical Center South recently received the American Heart Association/American Stroke Association’s Get With The Guidelines®-Stroke Gold Plus Quality Achievement Award. The award recognizes the hospital’s 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, hospitals must achieve 85 percent or higher adherence to all Get With The Guidelines-Stroke achievement indicators for two or more consecutive 12-month periods and achieve 75 percent or higher compliance with five of eight Get With The Guidelines-Stroke Quality measures.
“We are excited that we are able to continue the excellent care we provide for our stroke patients. The recognition of the Stroke Gold Plus Quality Achievement Award is great for our team members who work so hard to provide that excellent care for our patients,” said Ron Robinson, hospital president for Baptist Medical Center South.
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.
“The Gold Plus Quality Achievement award from the American Heart Association/American Stroke Association reflects our teamwork and our multidisciplinary efforts to ensure that when a patient comes through our doors at Baptist Medical Center South with signs and symptoms of stroke, the wheels are set in motion to expedite care,” added Mindy S. Grall, PhD, ARNP, director of the Baptist Health Stroke and Cerebrovascular Program.
For providers, Get With The Guidelines-Stroke offers quality-improvement measures, discharge protocols, standing orders and other measurement tools. Providing hospitals with resources and information that make it easier to follow treatment guidelines can help save lives and ultimately reduce overall healthcare costs by lowering readmission rates for stroke patients.
For patients, Get With The Guidelines-Stroke uses the “teachable moment,” the time soon after a patient has had a stroke, when they learn how to manage their risk factors while still in the hospital and recognize the warning signs of a stroke.
“We continue to maintain high quality care for stroke patients and this award is encouraging feedback regarding our efforts and will help us to continue to provide the highest standards and treatment,” said Syed Asad, MD, acting medical director for the Stroke Program at Baptist South and chief of neurology at Baptist Medical Center Jacksonville, which also recently received the Stroke Gold Plus Quality Achievement Award along with the Target: StrokeSM Honor Roll.
According to the American Heart Association/American Stroke Association, stroke is the number five 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.
“We are pleased to recognize Baptist Medical Center South for their commitment to stroke care,” added Deepak L. Bhatt, M.D., M.P.H., 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 length of stay and 30-day readmission rates and reduce disparities in care.”