FRAMINGHAM – MetroWest Medical Center announced its designation from The American Heart Association/American Stroke Association’s Get With The Guidelines® Target: Stroke Honor Roll Gold Plus Quality Achievement Award on Friday, July 12.
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.
MetroWest Medical Center 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 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.
“MetroWest Medical Center is dedicated to delivering quality care to our stroke patients by implementing the American Heart Association’s Get With The Guidelines-Stroke initiative,” said Andrew D. Harding, MetroWest Medical Center’s chief executive officer. “The tools and resources provided help us track and measure our success in meeting evidenced-based clinical guidelines developed to improve patient outcomes.”
In addition to the Get With The Guidelines Award, MetroWest Medical Center is recognized by the Massachusetts Department of Public Health through The Paul Coverdell National Acute Stroke Program. This is a Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) funded quality improvement collaborative administered by the DPH, that supports Primary Stroke Service hospitals.
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.
Release submitted to SOURCE by MetroWest Medical Center