Abington Memorial Hospital Recognized for Stroke Care
Abington Memorial Hospital has been recognized for successfully implementing a higher standard of care for stroke patients through the American Heart Association/American Stroke Association’s Get With The Guidelines®–Stroke quality improvement program.
Abington Memorial Hospital, a Gold Plus level recipient, is among 853 hospitals receiving a Get With the Guidelines–Stroke award this year. More than 1,000 hospitals received awards for their achievements in heart, stroke and resuscitation care. All recipients were featured in a special advertisement in the August issue of US News & World Report’s “America’s Best Hospitals.”
2010 Get With The GuidelinesSM – Stroke Gold Plus Award
AMH's Stroke Center (now the Diamond Stroke Center) received the American Stroke Association's Get With The GuidelinesSM – Stroke (GWTG-Stroke) Gold Plus Performance Achievement Award. The award recognizes AMH's commitment and success in implementing excellent stroke care for stroke patients, according to evidence-based guidelines.
To receive the GWTG – Stroke Gold Plus Performance Achievement Award, AMH achieved at least 85 percent or higher adherence to all GWTG – Stroke key measures for 24 or more consecutive months and achieved well above the 75 percent compliance with six of 10 Get With The GuidelinesSM –Stroke Quality Measures, required to establish quality of care. These include appropriate use of medications like rtPA, antithrombotics and anticoagulation therapy, DVT prophylaxis, cholesterol-reducing drugs, and smoking cessation.
"With a stroke, time lost is brain lost, and the GWTG–Stroke Gold Plus Performance Achievement Award addresses the important element of time," said John J. Kelly, M.D., AMH chief of staff. "Abington Memorial Hospital has developed a comprehensive system for rapid diagnosis and treatment of stroke patients admitted to the emergency department. This includes always being equipped to provide brain imaging scans, having neurologists available to conduct patient evaluations and using clot-busting medications when appropriate."
2010 Joint Commission Gold Seal for Stroke Center
By demonstrating excellence in its Stroke Program , AMH was awarded the Gold Seal of Approval and has achieved Disease-Specific Care Certification from the Joint Commission on Accreditation of Healthcare Organizations. Abington's Stroke Center is the first in Pennsylvania to earn this designation.
The determining factors for a program earning a Gold Seal of Approval are based upon the following: compliance with consensus-based national standards; effective use of established clinical practice guidelines to manage and optimize care; and an organized approach to performance measurement and improvement activities. Originally certified by the Joint Commission in 2004, Abington's Stroke Center received Gold Seal recertification in 2008 and 2010. The Certification is valid for two years.