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Sutter Medical Center Receives Highest Award for Stroke Care

Posted by on May 1, 2014 in Cardiac Services, Neurosciences, Our Services, Sutter Health Sacramento Sierra Region, Sutter Medical Center, Sacramento | 0 comments

SACRAMENTO – As the country today ushers in May as National Stroke Awareness Month, Sutter Medical Center, Sacramento received the Get With The Guidelines®-Stroke Gold Plus Quality Achievement Award, the highest-level award for stroke care given by the American Heart Association/American Stroke Association. The award recognizes Sutter Medical Center’s commitment and success in implementing excellent care for stroke patients based on evidence-based guidelines.

Gold Plus AwardThis marks the second consecutive year that Sutter Medical Center, Sacramento, which includes Sutter General and Sutter Memorial hospitals, has been recognized with the American Heart Association/American Stroke Association’s Get With The Guidelines®-Stroke Gold Plus award.

“With a stroke, time lost is brain lost, and the Get With The Guidelines–Stroke Gold Plus Quality Achievement Award demonstrates Sutter Medical Center’s commitment to being one of the top hospitals in the country for providing aggressive, proven stroke care,” said Asim Mahmood, M.D., Sutter Health Sacramento Sierra Region medical director for stroke and vascular neurology. “We have a comprehensive system in place for rapid diagnosis and treatment of stroke patients admitted to our Emergency Department. This includes always having a stroke team available to conduct patient evaluations and using clot-busting medications when appropriate.”

Get With The Guidelines–Stroke helps hospital teams provide the most up-to-date, research-based guidelines with the goal of speeding recovery and reducing death and disability for stroke patients. Sutter Medical Center earned the award by meeting specific quality achievement measures for the rapid diagnosis and treatment of stroke patients at a set level for a designated period. These measures include aggressive use of medications and risk-reduction therapies aimed at reducing death and disability and improving the lives of stroke patients.

“We are pleased to recognize Sutter Medical Center, Sacramento for its commitment and dedication to stroke care,” said Deepak L. Bhatt, M.D., M.P.H., national chairman of the Get With The Guidelines steering committee, executive director of Interventional Cardiovascular Programs at Brigham and Women’s Hospital and a Harvard Medical School professor. “Studies have shown that hospitals that consistently follow Get With The Guidelines quality improvement measures can reduce patients’ length of stays and 30-day readmission rates and reduce disparity gaps in care.”

Get With The Guidelines–Stroke also helps Sutter Medical Center’s staff implement prevention measures, which include educating stroke patients to manage their risk factors and to be aware of warning signs for stroke, and ensuring they take their medications properly.

According to the American Heart Association/American Stroke Association, stroke is the No. 4 cause of death and a leading cause of adult 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.

For more on Sutter Medical Center, Sacramento and the Sutter Neuroscience Institute, visit www.suttermedicalcenter.org or www.checksutterfirst.org/neuro. For more on the Get With The Guidelines program, visit heart.org/quality or heart.org/myhealthcare.

Posted by on May 1, 2014 in Cardiac Services, Neurosciences, Our Services, Sutter Health Sacramento Sierra Region, Sutter Medical Center, Sacramento | 0 comments