Abrazo West Campus received the Silver Plus Get with the Guidelines-Stroke award from the American Heart Association for its commitment to ensuring that stroke patients receive the most appropriate treatment in accordance with nationally recognized, research-based guidelines.
Stroke is the fifth leading cause of death and one of the leading causes of disability in the United States. A stroke occurs when a blood vessel carrying oxygen and nutrients to the brain is blocked by a clot or bursts. When this happens, part of the brain cannot get the blood and oxygen it needs, so brain cells die. Early detection and treatment of strokes are key to improving survival, minimizing disability and accelerating recovery times.
Get with the Guidelines puts the expertise of the American Heart Association and American Stroke Association to work for hospitals nationwide, helping to ensure patient care meets the latest research- and evidence-based guidelines. Get with the Guidelines-Stroke is a hospital-based program aimed at improving stroke care by encouraging consistent adherence to these guidelines, which can minimize the long-term effects of a stroke and even prevent death.
“Abrazo West Campus is committed to improving patient care by adhering to the latest treatment guidelines,” said Hans Driessnack, the hospital’s chief executive.
“Get with the Guidelines makes it easier for our teams to put proven knowledge and guidelines into daily practice, which studies show can help patients recover better. The end goal is to ensure that more people in Phoenix can live longer, healthier lives.
Each year, program participants qualify for the award by demonstrating how their organization is committed to providing quality stroke patient care. In addition to following treatment guidelines, Get with the Guidelines participants also educate patients to help them manage their health and recovery at home.
“We are extremely pleased to recognize Abrazo West Campus for its commitment to caring for stroke patients,” said Dr. Steven Messe, president of the Stroke System of Care Advisory Group.
“Participation in Get with the Guidelines is associated with better patient outcomes, fewer readmissions and lower mortality rates – a win for healthcare systems, families and communities.”
Additionally, Abrazo West Campus received the American Heart Association’s Target: Stroke Elite Honor Roll by meeting specific criteria that shorten the time between an eligible patient’s arrival at the hospital and treatment to eliminate the clot that caused the stroke.
Abrazo West Campus also received the Target: Type 2 Diabetes Honor Roll from the American Heart Association. Target: Type 2 Diabetes aims to ensure that patients with type 2 diabetes, who may be at higher risk of complications, receive the most up-to-date, evidence-based care when hospitalized due to a stroke.
The campus also hosts a monthly stroke support group. The West Valley Survivors of Stroke group meets from 5:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. on the second Thursday of each month in the hospital’s second-floor conference room.
Stroke Support Group meetings through the end of 2022 will take place on August 11, September 8, October 13, November 10 and December 8. To register or check for calendar updates, visit abrazohealth.com/events.
As a Certified Primary Plus Stroke Center, Abrazo West Campus, 13677 W. McDowell Road, Goodyear, provides a welcoming place for stroke survivors and their families to talk about their experiences. To RSVP, visit abrazohealth.com/events.
Stroke survivors face their own set of physical and emotional challenges, and each copes in their own way. According to the American Stroke Association, support groups help survivors and caregivers lead meaningful lives after stroke.
“Access to a caring support network is important in the recovery process for people affected by stroke. We are very pleased to provide the setting for monthly in-person support group meetings,” said Amanda Rowell, Abrazo West Campus Program Coordinator.