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St. Elizabeth Health Center Receives American Heart Association’s Get With The Guidelines – Stroke Silver Quality Achievement Award
Date:5/31/2013

YOUNGSTOWN, Ohio (PRWEB) May 31, 2013

St. Elizabeth Health Center has received the Get With The Guidelines®–Stroke Silver Quality Achievement Award from the American Heart Association. The award recognizes St. Elizabeth’s commitment and success in implementing a higher standard of care by ensuring that stroke patients receive treatment according to nationally accepted guidelines.

This marks the third year that St. Elizabeth has been recognized with a quality achievement award.

Get With The Guidelines–Stroke helps the staff at St. Elizabeth develop and implement acute and secondary prevention guideline processes to improve patient care and outcomes. The program provides hospitals with a web-based patient management tool, best practice discharge protocols and standing orders, along with a robust registry and real-time benchmarking capabilities to track performance.

The quick and efficient use of guideline procedures can improve the quality of care for stroke patients and may reduce disability and save lives.

“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. “The team at St. Elizabeth Health Center is to be commended for their commitment to improving the care of their patients.”

Following the Get With The Guidelines–Stroke treatment program, patients are started 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
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