Good Samaritan Receives Get With The Guidelines-Stroke Silver Plus Quality Achievement Award

The American Heart Association recently recognized Good Samaritan’s commitment to quality stroke care. The hospital has received the American Heart Association/American Stroke Association’s Get With The Guidelines® - Stroke Silver 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.

Good Samaritan observed the chance to strengthen its knowledge and quality of patient care for treating patients who had suffered from a stroke. “We had an opportunity to heighten the understanding of stroke and ensure our patients were receiving excellent health care,” said Amanda Allen, Stroke Program Coordinator. After two years of data collection and implementing evidence-based practices, Good Samaritan was granted certification as a Primary Stroke Care Center through the Joint Commission in September 2018. The hospital is continuously gaining an improved understanding of risk factors for stroke, signs/symptoms of stroke, and treatment paths for stroke patients.

By incorporating these guidelines into patient care; Good Samaritan participates in quarterly data reporting. This information is collected and reviewed by the American Heart Association/American Stroke Association, which recognizes hospitals for their success in using the guidelines to improve quality of care for patients. There are three levels of recognition: Bronze – quality performance of 90 consecutive days, Silver - performance of 12 consecutive months, and Gold - performance of 24 consecutive months or more. The Silver award Good Samaritan received signifies the ongoing determination and hard work employees continue to put in to bettering the quality of patient care.

Good Samaritan 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 up recovery and reducing death and disability for stroke patients. Before discharge, patients should also receive education on managing their health, get a follow-up visit scheduled, as well as other care transition interventions.

Good Samaritan has also met specific scientific guidelines as a Primary Stroke Center, featuring a comprehensive system for rapid diagnosis and treatment of stroke patients admitted to the emergency department.

“We are pleased to recognize Good Samaritan for their commitment to stroke care,” said Lee H. Schwamm, M.D., national chairperson of the Quality Oversight Committee and Executive Vice Chair of Neurology, Director of Acute Stroke Services, Massachusetts General Hospital, Boston, Massachusetts. “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 fifth 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.

The goal of the Stroke Program at Good Samaritan is to do what is best for patients. The Stroke Program continues to heighten the community’s awareness of the risk factors for stroke, signs/symptoms of stroke, and how to call 911. The Stroke Program is always encouraging active involvement from staff. “We encourage staff and the community to stay involved and up-to-date with educational opportunities. Stroke affects everyone, so education is key,” said Allen.

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