WILLIAMSPORT - Williamsport Regional Medical Centerhas received the American Heart Association/American Stroke Association's Get With The Guidelines Stroke Gold Plus Quality Achievement Award. The award recognizes the center's commitment and success in implementing excellent care for stroke patients, according to evidence-based guidelines.
Get With The Guidelines is the American Heart Association/American Stroke Association's hospital-based quality improvement program that empowers healthcare teams to save lives and reduce healthcare costs by helping hospitals follow evidence-based guidelines and recommendations. For more information, visit heart.org/quality.
To receive the award, the Medical Center achieved 85 percent or higher adherence to all Get With The GuidelinesStroke 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 GuidelinesStroke Quality Measures, which are reporting initiatives to measure quality of care. These measures include the aggressive use of medications to prevent blood clots, reduce cholesterol and assist with smoking cessation.
Members of the stroke team, from left, are Joy Gilson, Laboratory Manager; Bill Henry, Paramedic Specialist; Staci Mondell, Acute Care Case Manager; Cindy Anderson, Registered Nurse; Ruth Taddeo, Administrative Director of Laboratory Services; and Steve Dentel, Director of Quality Improvement Initiatives for the American Heart Association/American Stroke Association.
Get With The Guidelines Stroke uses the "teachable moment," the time soon after a patient suffers a stroke, when they are most likely to listen to and follow their healthcare professionals' guidance. Studies demonstrate that patients who are taught how to manage their risk factors while still in the hospital reduce their risk of stroke.
"The time is right for Williamsport Regional Medical Center to be focused on improving the quality of stroke care by implementing Get With The GuidelinesStroke. The number of acute ischemic stroke patients eligible for treatment is expected to grow over the next decade due to increasing stroke incidence and a large aging population," said Candy Dewar, Administrative Director of Quality and Safety.
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.
Susquehanna Health is a three-hospital integrated health system including Divine Providence Hospital, Muncy Valley Hospital and the Williamsport Regional Medical Center located in northcentral Pennsylvania.