STOCKBRIDGE – Piedmont Henry Hospital has received the GoldPlus Get With The Guidelines-Stroke Quality Achievement Award from the American Heart Association for its commitment to ensuring that stroke patients receive the most appropriate treatment in accordance with recognized national guidelines and based on research, which ultimately leads to more lives saved and disability reduced.
Stroke is the fifth leading cause of death and one of the leading causes of disability among adults in the United States. On average, one person in the United States experiences a stroke every 40 seconds, and nearly 795,000 people experience a new or recurring stroke each year. 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 stroke and even prevent death.
“Piedmont Henry adheres to the latest treatment guidelines to provide safe, high-quality, patient-centered care,” said Piedmont Henry CEO Lily Henson, MD. “Get With The Guidelines helps our team give stroke patients the best chance of survival and improve their overall outcomes.
Each year, program participants apply for recognition of the award by demonstrating how their organization is committed to providing quality stroke patient care. In addition to following treatment guidelines, participants also provide patient education to help them manage their health and rehabilitation once at home.
“We are extremely pleased to recognize Piedmont Henry for his commitment to caring for stroke patients,” said Steven Messe, MD, 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.”
Piedmont Henry won the Target: StrokeSM Honor Roll Elite Plus award from the American Heart Association. To qualify for this recognition, hospitals must meet specific criteria that reduce the time between an eligible patient’s arrival at the hospital and treatment with the anti-clot alteplase. The hospital also won the Target: Type 2 Diabetes Honor Roll from the American Heart Association. This award aims to ensure that patients with type 2 diabetes, who may be at higher risk for complications, receive the latest evidence-based care when hospitalized due to stroke.