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July 23, 2013 > Washington Hospital receives Stroke Honor Roll awards

Washington Hospital receives Stroke Honor Roll awards

Submitted By Gisela Hernandez

At the July Washington Township Health Care District Board Meeting, Washington Hospital's Stroke Program was recognized as a recipient of the American Heart Association/American Stroke Association's Get With The Guidelines(r) Gold Plus Quality Achievement Award and the Target Stroke Honor Roll Award for improving stroke care. The awards, presented by an American Heart Association (AHA) representative, acknowledge the hospital's commitment and success in implementing a higher standard of stroke care by ensuring that stroke patients receive treatment according to nationally accepted standards and recommendations.

To receive the Gold Plus Quality Achievement Award, Washington Hospital attained at least 85 percent compliance on all Get With The Guidelines(r)-Stroke Quality Achievement indicators for two or more consecutive years and achieved 75 percent or higher compliance with six of 10 Get With The Guidelines(r)-Stroke Quality Measures.

Additionally, Washington Hospital was also recognized as a recipient of the AHA's Target Stroke Honor Roll. This award recognizes hospitals that treat acute ischemic stroke in the most effective way possible using evidence-based guidelines. The goal is a door-to-needle time within 60 minutes in at least 50 percent of ischemic stroke patients treated with IV Tissue Plasminogen Activator (TPA), which is known as the "clot busting" medication. This means that the patient receives this important, life-saving intervention within 60 minutes of arrival to the hospital. To be eligible for theTarget StrokeHonor Roll Award, the hospital must currently hold Gold, Silver or Bronze performance achievement status with Get With The Guidelines(r)-Stroke and have door-to-needle times within 60 minutes.

"Washington Hospital works hard to ensure that patients receive the very best care possible when they come to the hospital, and we are extremely honored to receive these two significant distinctions in the clinical field of stroke care," said Nancy Farber, Washington Hospital Healthcare System CEO. "The ability to provide key treatments in a timely manner means a greater possibility for improved outcomes for our patients."

"Our skilled and coordinated response to acute ischemic stroke in the Emergency Department is improving the outcomes in patients with strokes," said Ash Jain, M.D., Stroke Program Medical Director. "We have a stroke program at Washington Hospital that is second to none, and we will continue to refine our approach to treating stroke patients by using best known practices, the latest technology and coordinating the available expertise to achieve the best results."

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