For the third consecutive year, the American Heart Association/American Stroke Association has recognized Lake Regional Health System for its stroke care. Lake Regional Health System 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.
This level of recognition requires meeting each of the American Stroke Association’s seven Get with the Guidelines Stroke achievement measures for at least 24 consecutive months. The measures include the proper use of medications and other stroke treatments aligned with the most up-to-date, evidence-based guidelines on stroke care. The guidelines also cover the need to ensure that before patients leave the hospital, they receive education on managing their health and schedule a follow-up visit, as well as other care transition interventions. The goals behind the standards are to speed recovery and reduce death and disability for stroke patients.
“Lake Regional Health System is dedicated to helping our stroke patients achieve the best possible outcomes,” said Crystal Lloyd, R.N., Lake Regional stroke coordinator. “The Get With The Guidelines program helps us accomplish that by making it easier for us to put proven knowledge and guidelines to work on a daily basis.”
Lake Regional Health System additionally received the association’s Target: StrokeSM 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 Lake Regional Health System 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 United States suffers a stroke every 40 seconds and nearly 795,000 people suffer a new or recurrent stroke each year.
As a state-designated Level II Stroke Center, Lake Regional offers access to advanced stroke management techniques, as well as board-certified neurologists, specially trained Emergency Department physicians and staff, and rehabilitation staff. As a result, Lake Regional offers definitive stroke care for acute patients and can receive transfers from other care centers. Learn more at www.lakeregional.com/strokecenter.
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. For more information, visit www.heart.org.
Lake Regional Health System provides comprehensive health care services to residents and visitors throughout the mid-Missouri region. The hospital is a Level II Stroke Center, Level II STEMI (heart attack) Center and Level III Trauma Center. Lake Regional also provides a wide range of specialists, including for cancer care, heart care and orthopedics. Plus, Lake Regional operates primary care clinics, Express Care clinics, rehab therapy clinics, programs for home health and hospice, and retail pharmacies.