Community Hospital’s stroke care recognized with American Heart Association Quality Achievement Award
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MONTEREY, Calif. — Community Hospital of the Monterey Peninsula has received the American Heart Association/American Stroke Association’s Get With The Guidelines®-Stroke Gold Plus Quality Achievement Award. The award recognizes the hospital’s commitment to ensuring stroke patients receive the most appropriate treatment, based on the latest scientific evidence.
To earn the award, Community Hospital met specific quality achievement measures for the diagnosis and treatment of stroke patients for a designated period. The measures are aimed at speeding recovery and reducing death and disability for stroke patients.
“With an average of one stroke patient a day at Community Hospital, it is critical that we are prepared to provide the most effective response and care,” says Byron Merritt, RN, coordinator of the hospital’s advanced stroke program. “This quality achievement award recognizes that we have the staff, skill, tools, and resources to improve patient outcomes.”
Community Hospital also received the association’s Target: StrokeSM 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-buster tissue plasminogen activator, or tPA, the only drug approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration to treat ischemic stroke. The hospital is also certified as a primary stroke center by the Joint Commission, the nation’s leading hospital accreditation organization.
“We are pleased to recognize Community Hospital for their commitment to stroke care,” says Eric E. Smith, MD, 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 COMMUNITY HOSPITAL
Community Hospital of the Monterey Peninsula, established in 1934, has grown and evolved in direct response to the changing healthcare needs of the people it serves. It is a nonprofit healthcare provider with 220 staffed acute-care hospital beds and 28 skilled-nursing beds, delivering a continuum of care from birth to end of life, and every stage in between. It serves the Monterey Peninsula and surrounding communities through locations including the main hospital, outpatient facilities, satellite laboratories, a mental health clinic, a short-term skilled nursing facility, Hospice of the Central Coast, and Montage Wellness Center. Information: chomp.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 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 6 million patients since 2001. For more information, visit heart.org.