Reid Health earns national recognition for efforts to improve stroke treatment
Sept. 13, 2021 -- Reid Health has received the American Heart Association's Gold Plus Get With The Guidelines®-Stroke Quality Achievement Award for its commitment to ensure stroke patients receive the most appropriate treatment according to nationally recognized, research-based guidelines.
Stroke is the No. 5 cause of death and a leading cause of adult disability in the country. On average, someone in the U.S. suffers a stroke every 40 seconds, and nearly 795,000 people suffer a new or recurrent stroke each year. Early stroke detection and treatment are key to improving survival, minimizing disability, and speeding recovery times.
Get With The Guidelines-Stroke was developed to assist healthcare professionals to provide the most up-to-date, research-based guidelines for treating stroke patients.
"We are honored to be recognized by the American Heart Association for our dedication to helping our patients have the best possible chance of survival after a stroke," said Misti Foust-Cofield, Vice President/Chief Nursing Officer for Reid Health. "Get With The Guidelines-Stroke makes it easier for our teams to put proven knowledge and guidelines to work on a daily basis to improve outcomes for stroke patients."
"This recognition reflects the commitment from multiple departments across Reid Health to stroke care," said Jordan Raynor, M.D., Reid neurologist and Stroke Medical Director. "The efforts of this multidisciplinary team in improving outcomes for our stroke patients and the progress made over the last five years are outstanding."
Each year, program participants apply for the award recognition by demonstrating how their organization has committed to providing quality care for stroke patients. In addition to following treatment guidelines, participants also provide education to patients to help them manage their health and rehabilitation once at home.
"This recognition reflects the commitment from multiple departments across Reid Health to stroke care. The efforts of this multidisciplinary team in improving outcomes for our stroke patients and the progress made over the last five years are outstanding." -- Jordan Raynor, M.D., Reid neurologist and Stroke Medical Director
Reid also received the association's Target: StrokeSM Elite award. To qualify for this recognition, hospitals must meet quality measures developed to reduce the time between the patient's arrival at the hospital and treatment with the clot-buster tissue plasminogen activator, or tPA, the only drug approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration to treat ischemic stroke.
Additionally, Reid received the association's Target: Type 2 Honor Roll award. To qualify for this recognition, hospitals must meet quality measures developed with more than 90% of compliance for 12 consecutive months for the "Overall Diabetes Cardiovascular Initiative Composite Score."
"We are pleased to recognize Reid Health for its commitment to stroke care," said Lee H. Schwamm, M.D., national chairperson of the Quality Oversight Committee and Executive Vice Chair of Neurology, Director of Acute Stroke Services, Massachusetts General Hospital, Boston, Massachusetts. "Research has shown that hospitals adhering to clinical measures through the Get With The Guidelines quality improvement initiative can often see fewer readmissions and lower mortality rates."
About Get With The Guidelines®
Get With The Guidelines® is the American Heart Association/American Stroke Association's hospital-based quality improvement program that provides hospitals with tools and resources to increase adherence to the latest research-based guidelines. Developed with the goal of saving lives and hastening recovery, Get With The Guidelines has touched the lives of more than 9 million patients since 2001. For more information, visit heart.org/quality.