Great Plains Health has received the American Heart Association/American Stroke Association’s gold award for commitment to the most appropriate stroke treatment, according to nationally recognized guidelines based on the latest scientific evidence.The award is called the “Get With The Guidelines®-Stroke Gold Plus Achievement Award with Target: StrokeSM Honor Roll Elite Plus,” GPH spokeswoman Jody Lowe said Tuesday.
“In 1-2 seconds, a person can lose 32,000 brain cells depending on the location of their stroke,” said Chastity Orr, stroke program coordinator. “That’s their mobility, their ability to talk, to eat, to recognize a family member, their behavior — everything that makes them able to function in their daily lives.”
To receive the award, hospitals must achieve 85 percent or higher adherence to all guidelines for two or more consecutive 12-month periods -- and achieve 75 percent or higher compliance with five of eight quality measures to receive the award.
To qualify, 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.
These quality measures are designed to help hospital teams follow the most up-to-date, evidence-based guidelines with the goal of speeding recovery and reducing death and disability for stroke patients, the announcement said.
Great Plains Health has also met specific scientific guidelines as a Primary Stroke Center featuring a comprehensive system for rapid diagnosis and treatment of stroke patients admitted to the emergency department.
“Great Plains Health is proud of its continued excellence in the acute treatment of stroke patients,” said Great Plains Health CEO Mel McNea. “The recognition from the American Heart Association/American Stroke Association’s Get With The Guidelines-Stroke further reinforces our team’s hard work.”