The Miriam Hospital has received the 2009 American Heart Association/American Stroke Association's Get With The Guidelines® Stroke (GWTG-Stroke) Gold Plus Performance Achievement Award. The award recognizes The Miriam Hospital's commitment and success in providing the highest standard of stroke care for patients, according to evidence-based guidelines.
This is The Miriam Hospital's second consecutive Stroke Gold award from the American Heart Association/American Stroke Association, and the first time the hospital has received the prestigious Gold Plus designation - the association's highest honor for stroke care.
Hospitals receiving the GWTG-Stroke Gold Plus award have reached an ambitious goal of maintaining an 85 percent or higher compliance to core standard levels of care, as outlined by the GWTG-Stroke program, for 24 consecutive months. The Miriam Hospital also achieved at least a 75 percent compliance with a majority of GWTG-Stroke Quality Measures, which are reporting initiatives to determine quality of care.
These measures include an aggressive use of a range of stroke treatments, such as medications that break down blood clots or prevent them from forming, cholesterol-reducing drugs and smoking cessation. These interventions aim to reduce death and disability and improve the lives of stroke patients.
The Miriam Hospital continues to lead the way in stroke care in Rhode Island, and this award reflects our unwavering commitment to treating our stroke patients quickly and effectively in order to save lives and improve outcomes, says William Corwin, MD, vice president of medical affairs and chief medical officer at The Miriam Hospital. We remain focused on providing the highest quality stroke care and will continue to follow nationally recommended guidelines to ensure progress in the fight against stroke.
The Stroke Center at The Miriam Hospital is the first in Rhode Island to be certified as a Primary Stroke Center by the Joint Commission, the leading accreditation agency for health care organizations in the United States, and the only hospital in the state to be certified three times. Its acute stroke team is available around-the-clock for stroke emergencies as part of the hospital's comprehensive system for rapid diagnosis and treatment of stroke patients admitted to the emergency department. This includes brain imaging scans, patient evaluations conducted by a staff neurologist and the use of clot-busting medications when appropriate.
The Stroke Center also offers the latest minimally invasive and advanced treatment capabilities, options, such as the Merci Retrieval device and the EKOS NeuroWave Catheter. More than 600 stroke patients are treated at The Miriam Hospital each year.
GWTG-Stroke uses the teachable moment, the time soon after a patient has had a stroke, when they are most likely to listen to and follow their health care professionals' guidance. Studies demonstrate that patients who are taught how to manage their risk factors while still in the hospital reduce their risk of a second heart attack or stroke.
Through GWTG-Stroke, customized patient education materials are made available at the point of discharge, based on patients' individual risk profiles. The take-away materials are written in an easy-to-understand format and are available in English and Spanish. In addition, the GWTG Patient Management Tool gives healthcare providers access to up-to-date cardiovascular and stroke science at the point of care.
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