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UH Case Medical Center receives Get With The Guidelines Gold Plus Performance Achievement Award
Date:10/19/2010

CLEVELAND For the second consecutive year University Hospitals (UH) Case Medical Center has received the American Heart Association/American Stroke Association's Get With The Guidelines Stroke Gold Plus Performance Achievement Award. The award recognizes UH Case Medical Center's commitment and success in implementing excellent care for stroke patients, according to evidence-based guidelines.

To receive the award, UH Case Medical Center achieved an 85 percent or higher adherence to all Get With The Guidelines-Stroke Performance Achievement indicators for two or more consecutive 12-month intervals and achieved 75 percent or higher compliance with six of 10 Get With The Guidelines-Stroke Quality Measures, which are reporting initiatives to measure quality of care.

These measures include aggressive use of medications, such as tPA, antithrombotics, anticoagulation therapy, DVT prophylaxis, cholesterol reducing drugs and smoking cessation, all aimed at reducing death and disability and improving the lives of stroke patients.

"With a stroke, time lost is brain lost, and this award demonstrates our commitment to being one of the top hospitals in the country for providing urgent, state-of-the-art, proven stroke care," said Anthony Furlan, M.D., Chairman of the Department of Neurology and Co-Director of the Neurological Institute at UH. "We will continue with our focus on providing care that has been shown in the scientific literature to quickly and efficiently treat stroke patients with evidence-based protocols."

"UH Case Medical Center is to be commended for its commitment to implementing standards of care and protocols for treating stroke patients," 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. "The full implementation of acute care and secondary prevention recommendations and g
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Contact: George Stamatis
george.stamatis@UHhospitals.org
216-844-3667
University Hospitals Case Medical Center
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