St. Joseph Medical Center Earns
Get With the Guidelines- Stroke Gold Plus
Quality Achievement Award
Kansas City, Mo. – St. Joseph Medical Center has earned the American Heart Association/American
Stroke Association’s Get With The Guidelines®-Stroke Gold Plus
Quality Achievement Award. The award recognizes St. Joseph’s commitment
and success in implementing excellent care for stroke patients, according
to evidence-based guidelines.
“With a stroke, time lost is brain lost, and the Get With The Guidelines–Stroke
Gold Plus Quality Achievement Award recognizes St. Joseph as being one
of the top hospitals in the country for providing aggressive, proven stroke
care,” says Michael Dorsey, CEO, St. Joseph Medical Center. “We
will continue with our focus on providing care that has been shown in
the scientific literature to quickly and efficiently treat stroke patients
with evidence-based protocols.”
To earn the award, St. Joseph achieved a 85 percent or higher adherence
to all Get With The Guidelines-Stroke Quality Achievement indicators for
two or more consecutive 12-month intervals. It also achieved 75 percent
or higher compliance with six of 10 Get With The Guidelines-Stroke Quality Measures.
Get With The Guidelines®-Stroke program was developed to help hospitals
ensure that the care they provide to stroke patients is aligned with the
latest scientific guidelines. The program stresses the importance of using
the “teachable moment,”--the time soon after a patient has
had a stroke, when patients are most likely to listen to and follow their
healthcare professionals’ guidance. Studies have shown that patients
taught how to manage their risk factors while still in the hospital reduce
their risk of a second heart attack or stroke.
According to the American Heart Association/American Stroke Association,
stroke is one of the leading causes of death and serious, long-term 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.
St. Joseph Medical Center is a 310-bed facility providing a wide range
of acute care and outpatient services from a 24-hour emergency department
to state-of-the-art cardiovascular care. St. Joseph has earned the Magnet
designation from The American Nurses Credentialing Center for excellence
in nursing services. The accredited Stroke Center at St. Joseph provides
advanced treatments available at few centers in the Kansas City area and
the Breast Center is a nationally recognized leader in breast MRI biopsy.
Visit St. Joseph on the Web at stjosephkc.com.