Crouse receives ‘Get With The Guidelines Target: Stroke’

Crouse Health has received the American Heart Association/American Stroke Association’s Get With The Guidelines Target: Stroke Honor Roll Elite Plus Gold Plus Quality Achievement Award.

The award recognizes 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.

Crouse Health earned the award by meeting specific quality achievement measures for the diagnosis and treatment of stroke patients at a set level for a designated period. These measures include evaluation of the proper use of medications and other stroke treatments aligned with the most up-to-date, evidence-based guidelines.

The program is designed to speed recovery and reduce death and disability for stroke patients. Before discharge, patients should also receive education about managing their health and have a follow-up visit scheduled, along with other care transition interventions.

“Crouse Health is dedicated to improving the quality of care for our stroke patients by implementing the American Heart Association’s Get With The Guidelines Stroke initiative,” said Chief Operating Officer/Chief Medical Officer Seth Kronenberg, MD. “The tools and resources provided help us track and measure our success in meeting evidenced-based clinical guidelines that improve patient outcomes.”

Crouse Health additionally received the association’s Target: Stroke Elite Plus award. To qualify for this recognition, hospitals must meet quality measures developed to reduce the time between the patient’s arrival at the hospital and treatment with the clot-busting tissue plasminogen activator, or tPA, the only drug approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration to treat ischemic stroke.

“We are pleased to recognize Crouse Health for its commitment to stroke care,” said Lee Schwamm, M.D., national chairman of the quality oversight committee, executive vice chairman of neurology and director of acute stroke services at Massachusetts General Hospital. “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.”

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