All four Main Line Health acute care hospitals—Lankenau Medical Center, Bryn Mawr Hospital, Paoli Hospital and Riddle Hospital—have again been recognized by the American Heart Association for stroke care. Lankenau Medical Center, Bryn Mawr Hospital, and Riddle Hospital have received the Get With The Guidelines® – Gold Plus Quality Achievement Award. Paoli Hospital has received the Silver Plus Quality Achievement Award. These awards recognize the commitment and success of each hospital’s staff in implementing a higher standard of care by ensuring that stroke patients receive treatment according to nationally accepted guidelines.
In addition, Lankenau and Riddle also qualified for recognition on the Target: Stroke Elite and Bryn Mawr Hospital was named to the Target: Stroke Honor Roll. Hospitals receiving these awards 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.
“These awards honor the tremendous work and dedication of our care teams in saving lives, and acknowledge our systemwide commitment to ensuring that our patients receive superior care,” said Joan Gibson, system director, Main Line Health Neuroscience Services, and director of nursing, Bryn Mawr Hospital.
“We are pleased to recognize these hospitals for their commitment to stroke care,” said Deepak L. Bhatt, MD, MPH, national chairman of the Get With The Guidelines steering committee and Executive Director of Interventional Cardiovascular Programs at Brigham and Women’s Hospital and Professor of Medicine at Harvard Medical School. “Studies have shown that hospitals that consistently follow Get With The Guidelines quality improvement measures can reduce length of stay and 30-day readmission rates and reduce disparities in care.”
Get With The Guidelines Stroke helps hospital teams provide the most up-to-date, research-based guidelines with the goal of speeding recovery and reducing death and disability for stroke patients. Main Line Health hospitals earned the award by meeting specific quality achievement measures for the rapid diagnosis and treatment of stroke patients at a set level for a designated period. These measures include aggressive use of medications and risk-reduction therapies aimed at reducing death and disability and improving the lives of stroke patients.
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.