All four Main Line Health acute care hospitals have again been recognized by the American Heart Association for stroke care. Lankenau Medical Center, Bryn Mawr Hospital, Paoli Hospital and Riddle Hospital have received the Get With The Guidelines® – Gold Plus Quality Achievement Award. This award recognizes 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 Medical Center received the Target: Stroke Elite Plus recognition, and Bryn Mawr, Paoli and Riddle hospitals also qualified for recognition on 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 system-wide commitment to ensuring that our patients receive superior care,” said Joan Gibson, system director, Main Line Health Neuroscience Services, and Bryn Mawr Hospital director of nursing.
“We are pleased to recognize Main Line Health for their commitment to stroke care,” said Eric E. Smith, MD, national chairman of the Get With The Guidelines Steering Committee and an associate professor of neurology at the University of Calgary in Alberta, Canada. “Research has shown that hospitals adhering to clinical measures through the Get WithThe Guidelines quality improvement initiative can often see fewer readmissions and lower mortality rates.”
According to the American Heart Association/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 and nearly 795,000 people suffer a new or recurrent stroke each year.