Stroke Program Earns Gold Plus Quality Achievement Award
Jefferson Regional Medical Center has received the American Heart Association/American Stroke Association’s Get With The Guidelines® Stroke Gold Plus Quality Achievement Award. The award recognizes Jefferson Regional’s commitment to and success in implementing excellent care for stroke patients, according to evidence-based guidelines.
“Jefferson Regional Medical Center is to be commended for its commitment to implementing standards of care and protocols for treating stroke patients,” said Lee Schwamm, MD, chair of the Get With The Guidelines National Steering Committee. “The full implementation of acute care and secondary prevention recommendations and guidelines is a critical step in saving the lives and improving outcomes of stroke 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; and 795,000 people suffer a new or recurrent stroke each year.
In the photo:
Steve Dentel, senior director, Quality Improvement Initiatives, Get With the Guidelines, AHA/ASA, presents the Stroke Gold Plus Quality Achievement Award to, from left: Brittney D'Alessandro, team leader, Stroke Unit; Kim Finnerty, director, patient care specialty services; Cindy Ragan, associate nurse executive; Louise Urban, senior vice president, patient care services and CNO, and Maureen Kail, team leader, Stroke Unit, Jefferson Regional Medical Center.