Crouse Hospital has received the 2012 American Heart Association/American Stroke Association’s ‘Get With The Guidelines’ Stroke Gold Plus Achievement Award, recognizing Crouse’s commitment and success in implementing high-quality care for stroke patients according to national evidence-based guidelines for the past 36 consecutive months.
To receive the award, Crouse achieved a score of 85 percent or higher adherence to all stroke quality indicators for three consecutive 12-month intervals and achieved 75 percent or higher compliance with five of eight Get With The Guidelines-Stroke Quality Measures, which are reporting initiatives to measure quality of care.
In addition to the Get With The Guideline-Stroke award, Crouse has also been recognized as a recipient of the association’s Target: Stroke Honor Roll for its ongoing efforts in improving stroke care. Over the past quarter, at least 50 percent of eligible ischemic stroke patients have received IV rt-PA within 60 minutes of arriving at the hospital (known as ‘door-to-needle’ time).
“With a stroke, time lost is brain lost, and this recognition reflects our commitment to providing aggressive, proven stroke care,” said Tarakad Ramachandran, MD, medical director of the hospital’s stroke program (left). “We'll continue our focus on providing care that has been shown in the scientific literature to quickly and efficiently treat stroke patients with evidence-based protocols.”
The number of acute ischemic stroke patients eligible for treatment is expected to grow over the next decade due to increasing stroke incidence and an aging population, according to Shelly (Rochele) Clark, BSN, Stroke Program Administrator (below). Crouse was named a designated stroke care center by the NYS Department of Health in 2007. It was the first area hospital to receive Gold Plus status for stroke care.
“Crouse Hospital is to be commended for its commitment to implementing standards of care and protocols for treating stroke patients,” said Lee Schwamm, MD, 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. “The full implementation of acute care and secondary prevention recommendations and guidelines is a critical step in saving lives and improving outcomes of stroke patients.”