SoutheastHEALTH Receives Get With The Guidelines-Stroke Gold Plus Quality Achievement Award with Target: Stroke Roll Honor

June 13, 2016

SoutheastHEALTH has received the American Heart Association/American Stroke Association’s Get With The Guidelines®-Stroke Gold Plus Quality Achievement Award with Target: StrokeSM Honor Roll. The award recognizes Southeast’s commitment to providing the most appropriate stroke treatment according to nationally recognized, research-based guideline based on the latest scientific evidence.

The Gold Plus award recognized consistently high performance for 24 consecutive months on key quality measures that improve patient care.

To qualify for the Target: Stroke Honor Roll, 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, which accounts for about 87 percent of all cases and occurs as a result of an obstruction within a blood vessel supplying blood to the brain.

If given intravenously in the first three hours after the start of stroke symptoms, tPA has been shown to significantly reduce the effects of stroke and lessen the chance of permanent disability. SoutheastHEALTH earned the award by meeting specific quality achievement measures for the diagnosis and treatment stroke patients at a set level for a designated period.

Neuroscience Nurse Practitioner and Stroke Program Coordinator Chris Byrd, MSN, ACNP-BC, CNRN, SCRN, added that research has shown that there are benefits to patients who are treated at hospitals that have adopted the Get With The Guidelines program. “Many studies have shown that eligible patients who received tPA within 60 minutes of arrival at the Emergency Department experienced lower mortality and reduced long-term disability.”

“Seeking immediate medical help is crucial for stroke patients,” added Randall Stahly, DO, Medical Director of the Southeast Stroke Center. “For every 30 minutes treatment is delayed, the possibility of a good outcome decreases by over 10 percent. The recognition our program received further demonstrates our commitment to delivering advanced stroke treatments to patients quickly and safely and reinforces our stroke team’s hard work.”

Dr. Stahly noted that almost 80 percent of strokes are preventable if people quit smoking, manage their cholesterol and control high blood pressure and diabetes.

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. Nearly 800,000 people suffer a new or recurrent stroke each year.

About SoutheastHEALTH’s Stroke Program

Southeast’s stroke care program is national-recognized for excellent care and outcomes. Our recognitions include:

  • Stroke Center Level II designation through Missouri’s Time Critical Diagnosis (TCD) System. Missouri’s TCD System brings together the 911 emergency response system, ambulance services and hospitals in a new, integrated, definitive approach to provide quicker response to stroke.
  • Gold Seal of ApprovalTM from The Joint Commission for Primary Stroke Centers
  • 2016 Get With The Guidelines® - Stroke Gold Plus Quality Achievement Award with Target: StrokeSM Honor Roll