The Hospitals of Providence is being recognized by the American Heart Association/American Stroke Association for the stroke care they provide to the area.
According to THOP officials, th Get With The Guidelines-Stroke Gold Plus Quality Achievement Award was earned by East Campus, Sierra Campus and Transmountain Campus and Silver Plus Quality Achievement Award by Memorial Campus.
“The Hospitals of Providence are committed to providing the highest level of care and treatment to stroke patients,” said Nicholas Tejeda, Group Chief Executive Officer for The Hospitals of Providence. “When you’re having a stroke, where you go and how fast you get there is critical.”
The Hospitals of Providence earned this recognition by meeting specific quality achievement measures for the diagnosis and treatment of stroke patients at a set level for a designated period.
These include evaluation of the proper use of medications and other stroke treatments aligned with the most up-to-date, evidence-based guidelines with the goal of speeding recovery and reducing death and disability for stroke patients. Before discharge, patients should also receive education on managing their health, get a follow-up visit scheduled, as well as other care transition interventions.
According to the American Heart Association/American Stroke Association, stroke is the No. 5 cause of death and a leading cause of adult disability in the United States.
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.
“We are pleased to recognize The Hospitals of Providence for their 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.”
In addition to this achievement, Sierra Campus was also recognized for stroke treatment in 2018, by receiving its Comprehensive Stroke Center Certification, the highest level of stroke certification available. Comprehensive Stroke Centers offer state-of-the-art infrastructure, staff and training to receive and treat patients with the most complex strokes.