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Hahnemann University Hospital Receives 2018 Get With The Guidelines-Stroke Gold Plus Quality Achievement Award with Target: Stroke Elite Plus

Stroke 2018.jpgHahnemann University Hospital has received the American Heart Association/American Stroke Association’s 2018 Get With The Guidelines®-Stroke Gold Plus Quality Achievement Award with Target: Stroke Elite Plus. 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.
Hahnemann 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.

Additionally, Hahnemann University Hospital received the association’s Target: Stroke 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 (tPA), the only drug approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration to treat ischemic stroke.

“Hahnemann University Hospital is committed to providing patients with high-quality, advanced care. We are proud to be recognized by the American Heart Association/American Stroke Association for our efforts to deliver effective, evidence-based treatment methods for patients experiencing a stroke,” explained David R. Small, FACHE, interim CEO of Hahnemann University Hospital.

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 in the U.S. suffers a stroke every 40 seconds and nearly 795,000 people suffer a new or recurrent stroke each year.
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