Reid Health nationally recognized for commitment to providing high-quality stroke care
July 18, 2022 -- Reid Health has received the American Heart Association's Gold Plus Get With The Guidelines® - Stroke quality achievement award for its commitment to ensuring stroke patients receive the most appropriate treatment according to nationally recognized, research-based guidelines, ultimately leading to more lives saved and reduced disability.
Stroke is the No. 5 cause of death and a leading cause of disability in the U.S. A stroke occurs when a blood vessel that carries oxygen and nutrients to the brain is either blocked by a clot or bursts. When that happens, part of the brain cannot get the blood and oxygen it needs, so brain cells die. Early stroke detection and treatment are key to improving survival, minimizing disability, and accelerating recovery times.
Get With The Guidelines puts the expertise of the American Heart Association (AHA) and American Stroke Association (ASA) to work for hospitals nationwide, helping ensure patient care is aligned with the latest research- and evidence-based guidelines. Get With The Guidelines - Stroke is an in-hospital program for improving stroke care by promoting consistent adherence to these guidelines, which can minimize the long-term effects of a stroke and even prevent death.
"We are committed to improving patient care by adhering to the latest treatment guidelines," said Misti Foust-Cofield, Vice President/Chief Nursing Officer for Reid Health. "Get With The Guidelines makes it easier for our teams to put proven knowledge and guidelines to work on a daily basis, which studies show can help patients recover better.
"The end goal is to ensure more people in our communities can experience longer, healthier lives."
"Strokes are not only a leading cause of disability, they also cost the nation $34 billion annually through healthcare costs, medications, and lost productivity," said Jordan Raynor, MD, Reid neurologist and Stroke Medical Director.
"In 2003, the AHA and ASA established a certification process for stroke centers based on the best practices to prevent and treat stroke. Since then, numerous studies have demonstrated stroke center certification is associated with higher stroke quality of care and lower mortality after ischemic strokes.
"This honor is an acknowledgement that our team provides advanced medical stroke care while achieving consistent compliance with stroke quality measures."
"We are committed to improving patient care by adhering to the latest treatment guidelines. Get With The Guidelines makes it easier for our teams to put proven knowledge and guidelines to work on a daily basis, which studies show can help patients recover better. The end goal is to ensure more people in our communities can experience longer, healthier lives." -- Misti Foust-Cofield, Vice President/Chief Nursing Officer for Reid Health
Each year, program participants qualify for the award by demonstrating how their organization has committed to providing quality care for stroke patients. In addition to following treatment guidelines, Get With The Guidelines participants also educate patients to help them manage their health and recovery at home.
"We are incredibly pleased to recognize Reid Health for its commitment to caring for patients with stroke," said Steven Messe, MD, Chairperson of the Stroke System of Care Advisory Group. "Participation in Get With The Guidelines is associated with improved patient outcomes, fewer readmissions, and lower mortality rates -- a win for healthcare systems, families, and communities."
Reid also received the American Heart Association's Target: Stroke Honor Roll EliteSM award. To qualify, hospitals must meet specific criteria that reduce the time between an eligible patient's arrival at the hospital and treatment with the clot-buster alteplase.
Additionally, Reid received the association's Target: Type 2 Diabetes Honor Roll award. The recognition aims to ensure patients with Type 2 diabetes, who might be at higher risk for complications, receive the most up-to-date, evidence-based care when hospitalized due to stroke.
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 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 12 million patients since 2001. For more information, visit heart.org.