Three Southcoast Health hospitals recognized for advanced stroke care – Fall River Reporter

FALL RIVER, NEW BEDFORD and WAREHAM Mass. – Charlton Memorial, St. Luke’s and Tobey’s hospitals have all been honored with the American Heart Association’s 2022 Get with the Guidelines awards, officials announced today.

St. Luke’s and Tobey were named recipients of the Get with The Guidelines-Stroke Gold Plus Quality Achievement Award with Target: Stroke℠ Honor Roll Elite, while Charlton Memorial won the Silver Plus Quality Achievement Award with Target: Stroke℠ Honor Roll Elite.

“We are honored to be recognized by the American Heart Association, confirming our commitment to providing excellent stroke care in the region,” said Ray Kruger, MD, president and CEO of Southcoast Health. “I would also like to thank the exceptional clinical teams at Southcoast Health’s three hospitals for their work in achieving these remarkable goals.”

Hospitals receiving the Get with the Guidelines Gold Plus Achievement Award have achieved a goal of treating patients with 85% or greater compliance with basic standard levels of care, as reported by the American Heart Association/American Stroke Association during 2 consecutive calendar years. Additionally, these hospitals demonstrated 75% compliance (four out of ten heart failure quality measures or four out of seven stroke quality measures) over the 12-month period.

Additionally, demonstrating exceptional care, St. Luke’s Hospital and Tobey’s Hospital have been recognized by the Massachusetts Department of Public Health with awards from the Paul Coverdell Stroke Systems of Care Collaborative.

Both hospitals won the Modified Rankin Scale award, reflecting documentation of the Modified Rankin Scale at discharge of at least 95% of patients admitted with stroke. St. Luke’s also received the Achieving Door to CT award for completing door to CT processes within 25 minutes of arrival for at least 75% of stroke patients.

“When someone experiences a stroke, rapid evidence of treatment is critical to achieving optimal patient outcomes,” said Daniel Sacchetti, DO, director of stroke at Southcoast Health. “Receiving these significant awards demonstrates Southcoast Health’s commitment to providing high quality stroke care to our patients close to home. I am extremely proud of the entire team of doctors, providers, nurses and staff at Southcoast who provide top-notch care in our hospitals every day.

According to the CDC, stroke is one of the leading causes of death and disability among adults in the United States. Knowing the warning signs and symptoms of a stroke can help individuals identify if someone is having a stroke and get the medical care they need in an emergency.

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