St. Mary-Corwin Medical Center receives Get With The Guidelines Target Stroke Honor Roll-Elite Plus Award

(PUEBLO, COLO.) - St. Mary-Corwin Medical Center has received the American Heart Association/American Stroke Associations Get With The GuidelinesTarget: Stroke Honor Roll-Elite Plus Quality Achievement Award and the Gold Plus Award at the associations International Stroke Conference 2015. The award recognizes the hospitals commitment and success ensuring that stroke patients receive the most appropriate treatment according to nationally recognized, research-based guidelines based on the latest scientific evidence.

St. Mary-Corwin Medical Center is one of 559 hospitals to be recognized on the Target: Stroke Honor Roll, among the nearly 1,000 hospitals given quality achievement awards at the conference.

To receive the Target: Stroke Honor Roll-Elite Plus award, hospitals must meet quality measures developed to reduce the time between the patients 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. 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. Over twelve months, at least 75 percent of the hospitals ischemic stroke patients received tPA within 60 minutes of arriving and at least 50 percent of the hospitals ischemic stroke patients have received tPA within 45 minutes of arriving at the hospital (known as door-to-needle time).

These quality measures are designed to help hospital teams provide the most up-to-date, evidence-based guidelines with the goal of speeding recovery and reducing death and disability for stroke patients.

Thats good news for St. Mary-Corwin, but even better news for our patients. Because it means we put American Heart Association and American Stroke Association expertise to work providing stroke care thats prompt and consistent with up-to-date scientific guidelines. Its news that might not make the front page, but it might make a difference in your life.

With a stroke, time lost is brain lost, and this award demonstrates our commitment to ensuring patients receive care based on nationally-respected clinical guidelines, said Ashley Trujillo, RN, stroke program coordinator. St. Mary-Corwin is dedicated to improving the quality of stroke care and the American Heart Association/American Stroke Associations Get With The Guidelines Stroke helps us achieve that goal. I am so proud of our stroke team for working diligently to provide rapid , quality care for our stroke patients.

St. Mary-Corwin has also met specific scientific guidelines as a Primary Stroke Center, featuring a comprehensive system for rapid diagnosis and treatment of stroke patients admitted to the emergency department.

We are pleased to recognize St. Mary-Corwin for their commitment to stroke care, said Deepak L. Bhatt, M.D., M.P.H., national chairman of the Get With The Guidelines steering committee and Executive Director of Interventional Cardiovascular Programs at Brigham and Womens Hospital and Professor of Medicine at Harvard Medical School. Studies have shown that hospitals that consistently follow Get With The Guidelines quality improvement measures can reduce length of stay and 30-day readmission rates and reduce disparities in care.

For providers, Get With The GuidelinesStroke offers quality-improvement measures, discharge protocols, standing orders and other measurement tools. Providing hospitals with resources and information that make it easier to follow treatment guidelines can help save lives and ultimately reduce overall healthcare costs by lowering readmission rates for stroke patients.

For patients, Get With The GuidelinesStroke uses the teachable moment, the time soon after a patient has had a stroke, when they learn how to manage their risk factors while still in the hospital and recognize the F.A.S.T. warning signs of a stroke.

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. On average, someone suffers a stroke every 40 seconds; someone dies of a stroke every four minutes; and 795,000 people suffer a new or recurrent stroke each year.

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About St. Mary-Corwin Medical Center
St. Mary-Corwin Medical Center is nationally recognized for its award-winning programs in womens services, orthopedics, cancer, cardiology, stroke, trauma and emergency services. St. Mary-Corwins expert team of physicians, nurses and caregivers provide compassionate, quality patient care, with access to the latest in medical technology. St. Mary-Corwin is part of Centura Health, the regions largest health care network. For more information on St. Mary-Corwin Medical Center, visit stmarycorwin.org or follow on Twitter @StMaryCorwin and facebook.com/StMaryCorwin.


About Get With The Guidelines
Get With The Guidelines is the American Heart Association/American Stroke Associations 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 5 million patients since 2001. For more information, visit heart.org/quality or heart.org/QualityMap