Hutchinson Regional Medical Center (HRMC) has received the American Heart Association/American Stroke Association’s Get With The Guidelines®-Stroke Gold Plus Quality Achievement Award. The award recognizes the hospital’s commitment to ensuring stroke patients receive the most appropriate treatment according to research-based guidelines based on the latest scientific evidence.
HRMC earned the award by meeting specific quality achievement measures for the diagnosis and treatment of stroke patients at a set level for two consecutive years. These measures 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 have a follow-up visit scheduled, and receive care transition interventions.
Ken Johnson, President and CEO of Hutchinson Regional Healthcare System, praised the HRMC Primary Stroke Center for their efforts to achieve this national distinction. “HRMC is dedicated to improving the quality of care for our stroke patients by implementing the American Heart Association’s Get With The Guidelines-Stroke initiative,” Johnson said. “The tools and resources provided help us track and measure our success in meeting evidenced-based clinical guidelines developed to improve patient outcomes.”
HRMC additionally received the association’s Target: StrokeSM Honor Roll Elite Plus award. To qualify for this recognition, hospitals must reduce the time between the patient’s arrival at the hospital and treatment with the clot-buster drug, tissue plasminogen activator (or tPA).
Peggy Tuxhorn, RN, MSN, CPHQ, Vice President of Quality of HRMC, has words of high praise for what a taskforce of employees has accomplished. “This interdisciplinary team is very focused on what is best for the patient at every step of the process.”
Eric E. Smith, MD, national Chairman of the Get With The Guidelines Steering Committee and an associate professor of neurology at the University of Calgary in Alberta, Canada echoed similar sentiments. “We are pleased to recognize HRMC for their commitment to stroke care,” Smith said. “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.”
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.