Miriam Hospital Stroke Team
The Miriam Hospital has received the Get With The Guidelines®–Stroke
Gold Plus Quality Achievement Award from the American Heart Association.
The award recognizes the hospital’s commitment and success in
implementing a higher standard of care by ensuring that stroke patients
receive treatment according to nationally accepted guidelines.
With The Guidelines–Stroke helps The Miriam Hospital’s staff develop
and implement acute and secondary prevention guideline processes to
improve patient care and outcomes. The program provides hospitals with a
web-based patient management tool, best practice discharge protocols and
standing orders, along with a robust registry and real-time benchmarking
capabilities to track performance.
The quick and efficient use of guideline procedures can improve the
quality of care for stroke patients and may reduce disability and save
“The Miriam Hospital is dedicated to making our care for stroke patients
among the best in the country, and the American Heart Association’s Get
With The Guidelines–Stroke program helps us to accomplish this goal,”
said William Corwin, M.D., senior vice president of medical affairs and
chief medical officer at The Miriam Hospital. “This recognition
demonstrates that we are on the right track and we’re very proud of our
Following Get With The Guidelines-Stroke treatment guidelines, patients
are started on aggressive risk-reduction therapies including the use of
medications such as tPA, antithrombotics and anticoagulation therapy,
along with cholesterol reducing drugs and smoking cessation counseling.
These are all aimed at reducing death and disability and improving the
lives of stroke patients. Hospitals must adhere to these measures at a
set level for a designated period of time to be eligible for the
“Recent studies show that patients treated in hospitals participating in
the American Heart Association’s Get With The Guidelines-Stroke program
receive a higher quality of care and may experience better outcomes,”
said Lee H. Schwamm, M.D., chair of the Get With The Guidelines National
Steering Committee and director of the TeleStroke and Acute Stroke
Services at Massachusetts General Hospital in Boston. “The team at The
Miriam Hospital is to be commended for their commitment to improving the
care of their patients.”
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.
more about The Stroke Center at The Miriam Hospital