Memorial Regional Hospital Receives AHA/ASA Stroke Gold-Plus Award Fourth Year in a Row

Wednesday, May 15, 2013 12:22 pm EDT

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Hollywood, Fla.

For four consecutive years, the Neuroscience Center at Memorial Regional Hospital has been recognized with American Heart Association/American Stroke Association’s Get With The Guidelines® Gold-Plus Performance Achievement Award.

The award recognizes Memorial Regional Hospital’s commitment and success in implementing excellent care for stroke patients, according to evidence-based guideline procedures that can improve the quality of care for stroke patients and may reduce disability and save lives.

The award acknowledges top-tier hospitals treating stroke patients with 85 percent or higher compliance to the highest standard levels of care for 24 consecutive months. Maintaining the recognition for the fourth time represents 108 consecutive months of superior results.

Gold Plus status also requires a hospital to achieve 75 percent or higher compliance with six of 10 Get With The Guidelines-Stroke Quality Measures. These are reporting initiatives including aggressive use of medications, such as antithrombotics, anticoagulation therapy, deep vein thrombosis prophylaxis, cholesterol- reducing drugs and smoking cessation.In addition, Memorial Hospital Pembroke in Pembroke Pines, Fla., was recognized with the Get With The Guidelines® Silver Performance Achievement Award, for fulfilling the same requirements for a period of 12 months.

Among the evidence-based guidelines, the AHA/ASA provides hospitals with a Web-based patient-management tool, best practice discharge protocols and standing orders, along with a robust registry and real-time benchmarking capabilities to track performance. Since its initiation in 2003, 1,656 hospitals have entered more than two million patient records into the Get With The Guidelines-Stroke data

base.

According to the AHA/ASA, 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; someone dies of a stroke every four minutes; and 795,000 people suffer a new or recurrent stroke each year.

About the Neuroscience Center at Memorial Regional Hospital

The Neuroscience Center at Memorial Regional Hospital is dedicated to the diagnosis and treatment of a wide range of neurological disorders and injuries in adults and children. Its team of physicians – including specialists in neurology services, neurosurgery, and interventional neuroradiology – uses advanced technology and innovative procedures in the effort to effectively treat chronic and acute neurological disorders. Assessment testing, rehabilitative therapies, social services and other support services also are available to assist patient with acute illness or injury. Aside from its location at Memorial Regional Hospital, there is an additional office at Memorial Hospital West in Pembroke Pines, Fla.