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McLaren Flint First Area Hospital Recognized by American Heart Association/ American Stroke Association for High Quality Stroke Care

Published on Tuesday, November 24, 2015
Get With The Guidelines -Stroke Gold Plus Quality Achievement Award

McLaren Flint is the first area hospital to receive a prestigious quality stroke care award from the American Heart Association/American Stroke Association. The achievement is known as the, Get With The Guidelines®-Stroke Gold Plus Quality Achievement Award with Target: Stroke℠ Honor Roll. Kathie Thomas, Quality and Systems Improvement Director, American Heart Association of Michigan, presented the award to McLaren Flint on Thursday, November 19. The award recognizes the hospital’s commitment and success ensuring that stroke patients receive the most appropriate treatment according to nationally recognized, research-based guidelines based on the latest scientific evidence.

To receive the Gold Plus Quality Achievement award, hospitals must achieve 85 percent or higher adherence to all Get With the Guidelines-Stroke achievement indicators for two or more consecutive 12-month periods and achieved 75 percent or higher compliance with five of eight Get With the Guidelines-Stroke Quality measures.

To qualify for the Target: Stroke Honor Roll, 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. If given intravenously in the first three hours after the start of stroke symptoms, tPA has been shown to significantly reduce the effects of stroke and lessen the chance of permanent disability. McLaren Flint 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 quality measures are designed to help hospital teams provide the most up-to-date, evidence based guidelines with the goal of speeding recovery and reducing death and disability for stroke patients.

“With a stroke, time lost is brain lost,” states Sunita Tummala, MD, Medical Director McLaren Flint Neuro Stroke Program. “This award demonstrates our commitment to ensuring patients receive care based on nationally-respected clinical guidelines. McLaren Flint is 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.”

According to the American Heart Association/American Stroke Association, stroke is the number five 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.

2015 Get With The Guidelines