The American Heart Association and American Stroke Association recently presented Cheyenne Regional Medical Center with the Get With The Guidelines-Stroke Silver Quality Achievement Award.
Get With The Guidelines-Stroke is a national program that encourages participating hospitals to follow the most up-to-date, evidence-based stroke guidelines, with the goal of speeding recovery and reducing death and disability for stroke patients. Get With The Guidelines programs, focused on heart and stroke care, were started in 2001.
Hospitals receiving the silver-level award must achieve 85 percent or higher adherence to Get With The Guidelines-Stroke core standard levels of care for at least 12 consecutive months.
Guidelines-based care for stroke patients includes the aggressive use of medications such as clot-busting and anti-clotting drugs, blood thinners and cholesterol-reducing drugs, preventive action for deep vein thrombosis and smoking cessation counseling.
“This recognition demonstrates Cheyenne Regional Medical Center’s commitment to delivering advanced stroke treatments to patients quickly and safely,” said Carol Rieser, CRMC’s administrator of Specialty Services. “It also validates our stroke care team’s intensive focus on providing the latest scientific-based treatments for stroke patients to help them achieve the best possible outcomes.”
“In presenting this award, the American Heart Association and American Stroke Association are recognizing Cheyenne Regional Medical Center for its commitment to stroke care,” said Paul Heidenreich, M.D., M.S., national chairman of the Get With The Guidelines Steering Committee and Professor of Medicine at Stanford University. “Research has shown there are benefits to patients who are treated at hospitals that have adopted the Get With The Guidelines program.”
According to the American Heart Association and American Stroke Association, stroke is the fifth-leading 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, someone dies of a stroke every four minutes and nearly 800,000 people suffer a new or recurrent stroke each year.
“The Get With The Guidelines program is so valuable because it helps hospitals put proven knowledge and guidelines to work, on behalf of patients, on a daily basis,” said Rieser. “Because while it’s an honor for our hospital and clinical team to receive this award, ultimately this award is about doing our utmost to save lives and improve the quality of life for the stroke patients we treat. This award is really for them.”