OCT. 29, 2012 - Advocate South Suburban Hospital has received the Get With The Guidelines®–Stroke Silver Plus Quality Achievement Award from the American Heart Association. The award recognizes the hospital’s commitment and success in ensuring that stroke patients receive treatment according to nationally accepted guidelines.
A stroke occurs when the blood supply to the brain is interrupted due to a clot or leakage of a blood vessel into the brain. When this happens, brain cells quickly begin to die. Treating stroke quickly and effectively is the difference between ability and disability or even life and death.
Advocate South Suburban Hospital’s Silver Plus Quality Achievement Award is the latest recognition for its highly respected stroke program. Earlier this year, the hospital was designated as a Primary Stroke Center by the Joint Commission and earned an American Heart Association Get With The Guidelines Bronze Quality Achievement Award.
The number of serious stroke patients eligible for treatment is expected to grow over the next decade due to increasing stroke incidence and a large aging population. According to the American Heart Association/American Stroke Association, stroke is one of the leading causes of death and serious, long-term disability in the United States.
“Following nationally accepted, evidence-based guidelines for treating stroke is the right thing to do for our patients,” said Richard Multack, D.O, vice president of medical management at the hospital. "We are proud that Advocate South Suburban Hospital has been recognized for our ongoing commitment to making our care for stroke patients among the best in the country.”
Hospitals such as Advocate South Suburban Hospital must adhere to a number of critical measures at a set level for a designated period of time to be eligible for the Get With The Guidelines-Stroke awards. These measures include starting patients on aggressive risk-reduction therapies including the use of medications such as tPA, antithrombotics and anticoagulation therapy, along with cholesterol reducing drugs and smoking cessation counseling. These are all aimed at reducing death and disability and improving the lives of stroke patients.
The Get With The Guidelines program provides hospitals with a web-based patient management tool, best practice discharge protocols and standing orders, along with a registry and real-time benchmarking capabilities to track performance.
“Recent studies show that patients treated in hospitals participating in the American Heart Association’s Get With The Guidelines-Stroke program receive a higher quality of care and may experience better outcomes,” said Lee H. Schwamm, M.D., chair of the Get With The Guidelines National Steering Committee and director of the TeleStroke and Acute Stroke Services at Massachusetts General Hospital in Boston, Mass. “Advocate South Suburban Hospital’s team is to be commended for their commitment to improving the care of their patients.”