ProMedica Flower Hospital has received the Get With The Guidelines– Stroke Gold Plus Quality Achievement Award from the American Heart Association.
The award recognizes the hospital’s commitment and success in implementing a higher standard of care by ensuring that stroke patients receive treatment according to nationally accepted guidelines.
“ProMedica Flower Hospital is dedicated to making our care for stroke patients among the best in the country,” said Liz Werder, the hospital’s stroke program coordinator.. “This recognition demonstrates that we are on the right track and we’re very proud of our team.”
It obtained the award because it met a variety of quality measures, including aggressive use of medications, anti-clotting therapy, cholesterol reducing drugs, and smoking cessation.
“Recent studies show that patients treated in hospitals participating in the American Heart Association’s Get With The Guidelines – Stroke program receive a higher quality of care and may experience better outcomes,” said Lee H. Schwamm, M.D., chair of the Get With The Guidelines National Steering Committee and director of the TeleStroke and Acute Stroke Services at Massachusetts General Hospital in Boston, Mass.
According to the American Heart Association/American Stroke Association, stroke is one of the leading causes of death and serious, long-term 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.
For more information about ProMedica Flower Hospital visit www.promedica.org.