Fighting Back Against Stroke: Emory Saint Joseph’s Hospital Earns Prestigious Quality Achievement Award for Stroke Care

ambulanceAccording to the American Heart Association and the American Stroke Association, stroke is number four on the list of causes of death, and one of the top causes of adult disability in the U.S. Someone experiences a stroke every 40 seconds, a person dies from a stroke every 4 minutes, and almost 800,000 people suffer from a new or recurring stroke every year, on average.

Emory Saint Joseph’s Hospital has been working to reduce these staggering numbers. Because of that hard work, the hospital has received the Get With The Guidelines® – Stroke Gold – Plus Quality Achievement Award for implementing the quality improvement measures created by the American Heart Association/American Stroke Association for stroke treatment.

These guidelines are cutting edge and research based, with the goal to speed up recovery time, and reduce rates of death and disability among stroke patients. They also help hospital staff to use other preventive measures in combating the effects of stroke, such as educating patients about risk factor management and warning signs, and making sure they take their medication as prescribed.

On top of that, Emory Saint Joseph’s Hospital received the Associations’ Target: Stroke Honor Roll for meeting quality control measures that cut down the time between hospital admittance and getting clot-buster tPA treatment – the only FDA approved drug for the treatment of ischemic stroke (strokes caused by blood clots.) This can help patients recover faster, and with less risk of severe disability, if given within three hours from when the stroke symptoms start.

Deepak L. Bhatt, M.D., M.P.H., national chairman of the Get With The Guidelines steering committee, Executive Director of Cardiovascular Programs at Brigham and Women’s Hospital and Professor of Medicine and Harvard Medical School, recognized Emory Saint Joseph’s Hospital’s achievement and dedication to stroke care. “Studies have shown that hospitals that consistently follow Get With The Guidelines quality improvement measures can reduce patients’ length of stays and 30-day readmission rates and reduce disparity gaps in care,” he informed.

This award demonstrates Emory Saint Joseph’s Hospital’s commitment to ensuring patients receive care outlined by internationally respected guidelines. Keith Sanders, M.D., Medical Director of Emory Saint Joseph’s Stroke Center, expressed the hospital’s dedication to improving the quality of stroke care using the Get With The Guidelines. He stated, “With this award, our hospital demonstrates our commitment to ensure that our patients receive care based on internationally-respected clinical guidelines, and we look forward to strengthening our collaboration with the three additional Emory Healthcare stroke centers.”


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