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Stroke Program Earns National Recognition

Good Samaritan Regional Medical Center has once again earned recognition from the American Heart Association/American Stroke Association. The hospital’s Stroke Services Program received the Get With The Guidelines-Stroke Silver Plus Quality Achievement Award.

“The award recognizes the hospital’s commitment and success in ensuring stroke patients receive the most appropriate treatment according to nationally recognized, research-based guidelines based on the latest scientific evidence,” said Samaritan Stroke Services Coordinator AmieJoe Roper, RN.

To receive the Silver Plus Quality Achievement award, hospitals must adhere to Get With The Guidelines-Stroke achievement indicators and quality measures designed to help hospital teams provide the most up-to-date, evidence-based care with the goal of speeding recovery and reducing death and disability for stroke patients.

“With a stroke, time lost is brain lost, and this award demonstrates our commitment to ensuring patients receive care based on nationally-respected clinical guidelines,” said hospital COO Becky Pape. “We are dedicated to improving the quality of stroke care and the American Heart Association/American Stroke Association’s Get With The Guidelines-Stroke helps us achieve that goal.”

For health care providers, Get With The Guidelines-Stroke offers quality-improvement measures, discharge protocols, standing orders and other measurement tools. These resources help hospitals follow treatment guidelines that help save lives, and ultimately reduce overall healthcare costs by lowering readmission rates for stroke patients.
For patients, Get With The Guidelines–Stroke uses the “teachable moment,” the time in the hospital, soon after a patient has had a stroke, to teach about risk factors and the warning signs of a stroke. 

According to the American Heart Association/American Stroke Association, stroke is the fifth highest cause of death and a leading cause of adult 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.