Amer­i­can Heart As­so­ci­a­tion Award rec­og­nizes Hamil­ton Med­i­cal Cen­ter’s com­mit­ment to qual­ity stroke care

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DAL­TON, Ga. – Hamil­ton Med­i­cal Cen­ter ( HMC) has re­ceived the Amer­i­can Heart As­so­ci­a­tion/Amer­i­can Stroke As­so­ci­a­tion’s Get With The Guide­lines ® - Stroke Gold Plus Qual­ity Achieve­ment Award. The award rec­og­nizes the hos­pi­tal’s com­mit­ment to en­sur­ing stroke pa­tients re­ceive the most ap­pro­pri­ate treat­ment ac­cord­ing to na­tion­ally rec­og­nized, re­search- based guide­lines based on the lat­est sci­en­tific ev­i­dence.

HMC earned the award by meet­ing spe­cific qual­ity achieve­ment mea­sures for the di­ag­no­sis and treat­ment of stroke pa­tients at a set level for a des­ig­nated pe­riod. These mea­sures in­clude eval­u­a­tion of the proper use of med­i­ca­tions and other stroke treat­ments aligned with the most up- to- date, ev­i­dence- based guide­lines with the goal of speed­ing re­cov­ery and re­duc­ing death and dis­abil­ity for stroke pa­tients. Be­fore dis­charge, pa­tients should also re­ceive ed­u­ca­tion on man­ag­ing their health, get a fol­lowup visit sched­uled, as well as other care tran­si­tion in­ter­ven­tions.

“Hamil­ton is ded­i­cated to im­prov­ing the qual­ity of care for our stroke pa­tients by im­ple­ment­ing the Amer­i­can Heart As­so­ci­a­tion’s Get With The Guide­lines- Stroke ini­tia­tive,” said Meagan Dar­nell, Stroke Pro­gram co­or­di­na­tor. “The tools and re­sources pro­vided help us track and mea­sure our suc­cess in meet­ing ev­i­denced- based clin­i­cal guide­lines de­vel­oped to im­prove pa­tient out­comes.”

HMC ad­di­tion­ally re­ceived the as­so­ci­a­tion’s 2018 Tar­get: StrokeSM Honor Roll Elite Plus award. To qual­ify for this recog­ni­tion, 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.

“We are pleased to rec­og­nize Hamil­ton Med­i­cal Cen­ter for their com­mit­ment to stroke care,” said Eric E. Smith, M. D., na­tional chair­man of the Get With The Guide­lines Steer­ing Com­mit­tee and an as­so­ciate pro­fes­sor of neu­rol­ogy at the Univer­sity of Cal­gary in Al­berta, Canada. “Re­search has shown that hos­pi­tals ad­her­ing to clin­i­cal mea­sures through the Get With The Guide­lines qual­ity im­prove­ment ini­tia­tive can of­ten see fewer read­mis­sions and lower mor­tal­ity rates.”

Ac­cord­ing to the Amer­i­can Heart As­so­ci­a­tion/Amer­i­can Stroke As­so­ci­a­tion, stroke is the No. 5 cause of death and a lead­ing cause of adult dis­abil­ity in the United States. On av­er­age, some­one in the U. S. suf­fers a stroke ev­ery 40 sec­onds and nearly 795,000 peo­ple suf­fer a new or re­cur­rent stroke each year.

Get With The Guide­lines® is the Amer­i­can Heart As­so­ci­a­tion/Amer­i­can Stroke As­so­ci­a­tion’s hos­pi­tal- based qual­ity im­prove­ment pro­gram that pro­vides hos­pi­tals with tools and re­sources to in­crease ad­her­ence to the lat­est re­search- based guide­lines. De­vel­oped with the goal of sav­ing lives and has­ten­ing re­cov­ery, Get With The Guide­lines has touched the lives of more than 6 mil­lion pa­tients since 2001.


Some of the mem­bers of Hamil­ton Med­i­cal Cen­ter’s stroke team are pic­tured. In the front, from left, are Tif­fany Martin, CT tech­nol­o­gist; Sara Kate Rogers, oc­cu­pa­tional ther­a­pist; Meagan Dar­nell, Stroke Pro­gram co­or­di­na­tor; Katie Smythe, Emer­gency Depart­ment clin­i­cal man­ager; and Ginger Wat­son, se­nior phle­botomist. In the back are Juan Gon­za­lez, MD; Bri Terry, phys­i­cal ther­apy su­per­vi­sor; Ter­resa Adams, LPN, Emer­gency Depart­ment; Eu­nice Gar­cia-Bar­bosa, RN, Emer­gency Depart­ment; and Bayo Adeeko, RN, Emer­gency Depart­ment.

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