Wheeling Hospital Receives Stroke Achievement Award
August 13, 2020
WHEELING, W.Va. – Wheeling Hospital has received the American Heart Association/American Stroke Association’s Get With The Guidelines®-Stroke Silver Plus Quality Achievement and the Target: Type 2 Diabetes Honor Roll awards. The awards recognize the hospital’s commitment to ensuring stroke patients receive the most appropriate treatment according to nationally recognized, research-based guidelines based on the latest scientific evidence.
The hospital earned the Stroke Silver award by achieving 85% or higher compliance with all Get With The Guidelines®-Stroke Achievement Measures and 75% or higher compliance with five or more Get With The Guidelines®-Stroke Quality Measures for one calendar year to improve quality of patient care and outcomes. 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, get a follow-up visit scheduled, as well as other care transition interventions
“We are dedicated to improving the quality of care for our stroke patients by implementing the American Heart Association’s Get With The Guidelines-Stroke initiative,” hospital CEO Douglass Harrison. “The tools and resources provided help us track and measure our success in meeting evidenced-based clinical guidelines developed to improve patient outcomes.”
Wheeling Hospital also received the association’s Target: Type 2 Diabetes Honor Roll award. To qualify for this recognition, hospitals must meet quality measures developed with more than 90 % of compliance for 12 consecutive months for the “Overall Diabetes Cardiovascular Initiative Composite Score.”
“We are pleased to recognize Wheeling Hospital for its commitment to stroke care,” said Dr. Lee H. Schwamm, national chairperson of the Quality Oversight Committee and executive vice chair of Neurology, director of Acute Stroke Services, Massachusetts General Hospital, Boston. “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.”
Luke Burkhardt, Wheeling Hospital Stroke Center coordinator, said, “I could not be more proud of the vast improvements we’ve made as an organization in the relatively short period since our stroke program’s inception. The buy-in and active involvement of our staff on both the emergency department and inpatient sides has been absolutely tremendous. Now, with the support of West Virginia University’s administration, I couldn’t be more optimistic about our future. With this, I’d also like to thank WVU’s stroke team for their support and guidance during the early stages of our program implementation.”
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 U.S. 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.
Burkhardt said, “I’m certainly pleased with our efforts thus far, however, our goals remain ever evolving and we must continue to strive for even greater degrees of success as we maintain our commitment to achieving the utmost excellence in our stroke care. Having the opportunity to serve our community is both a great privilege and responsibility that I don’t take for granted. And with this, I look forward to the continued strengthening our stroke program and thus our relationship with the community we serve.”
Get With The Guidelines® is the American Heart Association/American Stroke Association’s hospital-based quality improvement program that provides hospitals with tools and resources to increase adherence to 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 9 million patients since 2001.
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