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Memorial Hospital Receives Elite Award for Stroke Care

Scott & White Memorial Hospital – Temple, part of Baylor Scott & White Health, received the American Heart Association/American Stroke Association’s Get With The Guidelines®–Target: Stroke Honor Roll-Elite Quality Achievement Award during the association’s International Stroke Conference 2015.

DSC_4345-2The award recognizes the hospital’s commitment and success to ensuring that stroke patients receive the most appropriate treatment according to nationally recognized, research-based guidelines. Scott & White Memorial has achieved and sustained 85 percent or higher adherence in seven achievement measures for at least two consecutive years.

“As a certified stroke center in Central Texas, we are dedicated to improving the quality of stroke care and improving clinical excellence using nationally respected clinical guidelines,” said Jennifer Rasmussen, MD, medical director for Scott & White Stroke Center. “We are committed to working with and for our patients and the true reward is to see them recover after they suffer from a stroke.”

Scott & White Memorial is one of 559 hospitals to be recognized on the Target: Stroke Honor Roll, among the nearly 1,000 hospitals given quality achievement awards at the conference. To receive the Target: Stroke Honor Roll-Elite award, hospitals must meet quality measures developed to reduce the time between the patient’s arrival at the hospital and treatment with the clot-buster tissue plasminogen activator, or tPA, the only drug approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration to treat ischemic stroke. If given intravenously in the first three hours after the start of stroke symptoms, tPA has been shown to significantly reduce the effects of stroke and lessen the chance of permanent disability. Over 12 months, at least 75 percent of the hospital’s ischemic stroke patients received tPA within 60 minutes of arriving at the hospital (known as door-to-needle time).

These quality measures are designed to help hospital teams provide the most up-to-date, evidence-based guidelines with the goal of speeding recovery and reducing death and disability for stroke patients.
“We are pleased to recognize Scott & White Memorial for its commitment to stroke care,” said Deepak L. Bhatt, M.D., M.P.H., national chairman of the Get With The Guidelines steering committee and Executive Director of Interventional Cardiovascular Programs at Brigham and Women’s Hospital and Professor of Medicine at Harvard Medical School. “Studies have shown that hospitals that consistently follow Get With The Guidelines quality improvement measures can reduce length of stay and 30-day readmission rates and reduce disparities in care.”

According to the American Heart Association/American Stroke Association, stroke is the fifth-leading cause of death and a leading cause of adult disability in the U.S. On average, someone suffers a stroke every 40 seconds and someone dies of a stroke every four minutes.

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