PRESQUE ISLE — Northern Light AR Gould Hospital (formerly TAMC) has received the American Heart Association/American Stroke Association’s Get With The Guidelines®-Stroke Silver 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.
The County hospital earned this award by meeting specific quality achievement measures for the diagnosis and treatment of stroke patients. 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.
“The best part of this award isn’t what it means to our hospital, but what it means to our patients,” explains Daryl Boucher, associate vice president of nursing and coordinator of the hospital’s stroke initiatives. “Patients with stroke symptoms can expect a consistent approach to care that follows national best practices. We are dedicated to improving the quality and standardization of care for our stroke patients. We know that minutes and even seconds count for the outcome of a stroke patient, for not just surviving the stroke but their quality of life after recovery. When a ‘Code Stroke’ is paged overhead, it causes a whole team to mobilize quickly to provide care rapidly and safely.”
Northern Light AR Gould Hospital has been on this journey for several years. To earn this recognition, the hospital provided community education about stroke; developed care protocols for EMS, Emergency Department, and hospital inpatients; and expanded access to advanced assessments and diagnostics. The hospital also had to demonstrate that it is meeting dozens of best practice benchmarks.
“The tools and resources provided by the American Heart Association’s Get With The Guidelines-Stroke program have helped us track and measure our success in meeting evidence-based clinical guidelines developed to improve patient outcomes,” says Boucher.
“We are pleased to recognize Northern Light AR Gould Hospital for their commitment to stroke care,” said Eric E. Smith, M.D., national chairman of the Get With The Guidelines Steering Committee and an associate professor of neurology at the University of Calgary in Alberta, Canada. “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.”
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 United States. 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.
About Get With The Guidelines®
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 six million patients since 2001. For more information, visit heart.org.
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