Monday, May 14, 2012
ABHS Receives Stroke Gold Plus Quality Achievement Award
Alexian Brothers Health System Receives Stroke Gold Plus Quality Achievement Award
Award Demonstrates Commitment To Quality Care For Stroke Patients
(Arlington Heights, Ill.) - Alexian Brothers Medical Center, Elk Grove Village, and St. Alexius Medical Center, Hoffman Estates, have each received the American Heart Association/American Stroke Association’s 2012 Get With The Guidelines®-Stroke Gold Plus Quality Achievement Award. The award recognizes both hospitals for their commitment and success in implementing excellent care for stroke patients, according to evidence-based guidelines.
To receive the award, Alexian Brothers Medical Center and St. Alexius Medical Center achieved 85 percent or higher adherence to all Get With The Guidelines-Stroke Quality 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 antithrombotics, anticoagulation therapy, deep vein thrombosis prophylaxis, cholesterol reducing drugs and smoking cessation, all aimed at reducing death and disability and improving the lives of stroke patients.
In addition to the Get With The Guideline-Stroke award Alexian Brothers Medical Center has also been recognized as a recipient of the association’s Target: Stroke Honor Roll, for improving stroke care. Over the past quarter, at least 50 percent of the hospital’s eligible ischemic stroke patients have received tissue plasminogen activator, or tPA, within 60 minutes of arriving at the hospital (known as ‘door-to-needle’ time). A thrombolytic, or clot-busting agent, tPA is the only drug approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration for the urgent treatment of ischemic stroke. If given intravenously in the first three hours after the start of stroke symptoms, tPA has been shown to significantly reverse the effects of stroke and reduce permanent disability.
With a stroke, time lost is brain lost, and the Get With The Guidelines - Stroke Gold Plus Quality Achievement Award demonstrates Alexian Brothers Health System’s commitment to being one of the top health systems in the country for providing aggressive, proven stroke care,” said Dr. Wende Fedder, Administrative Director of the Alexian Brothers Neuroscience Institute. “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.
The Alexian Brothers Health System 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 guidelines is a critical step in saving the lives and improving outcomes of stroke patients.
The number of acute ischemic stroke patients eligible for treatment is expected to grow over the next decade due to increasing stroke incidence and a large aging population,” said Fedder.
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. 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.
About Alexian Brothers Health System
Ranked among the nation’s best-performing health systems, the Alexian Brothers Health System (ABHS), part of St. Louis-based Ascension Health, is comprised of four hospitals and a center for mental health; immediate care centers, diagnostic imaging facilities, occupational health centers and a physician practice group that serves more than two million people every year in Chicago’s suburbs. ABHS also has an enduring commitment to identifying and developing an effective response to the unique health and housing needs of older adults through a dynamic senior ministries program that operates an array of residential, retirement and community resources in Missouri, Tennessee, and Wisconsin. For more information visit: www.alexianbrothershealth.org.
About Get With The Guidelines
Get With The Guidelines® is the American Heart Association/American Stroke Association’s hospital-based quality improvement program that empowers healthcare teams to save lives and reduce healthcare costs by helping hospitals follow evidence-based guidelines and recommendations. For more information, visit heart.org/quality.