For the sixth consecutive year, Lake Regional Health System 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 for consistently following the latest scientific guidelines for treating stroke patients.
“Lake Regional is honored to be recognized by the American Heart Association for our dedication to helping patients have the best possible chance of survival and recovery after a stroke,” said Crystal Lloyd, R.N., BSN, Lake Regional stroke coordinator. “We are here to improve lives, and this award is evidence of our team’s deep commitment to excellence.”
Lake Regional earned the award by meeting specific quality measures for the diagnosis and treatment of stroke patients. These measures include the proper use of medications and other stroke treatments aligned with the most up-to-date, evidence-based guidelines. The goals of the Get With The Guidelines program are to speed recovery and to reduce death and disability for stroke patients. The guidelines also require hospitals to provide patients education about managing their health and to schedule a follow-up visit before discharge.
Lake Regional Health System also received the association’s Target: StrokeSM Elite Honor Roll award. To qualify for this recognition, Lake Regional met quality measures developed to reduce the time between the patient’s arrival at the hospital and their treatment with tissue plasminogen activator, or tPA, the only medication approved to treat strokes caused by a clot blocking blood flow in the brain.
Lake Regional additionally received the Association’s Target: Type 2 Diabetes Honor Roll™ Award. This recognition requires Lake Regional to meet quality measures with more than 90 percent of compliance for 12 consecutive months for the “Overall Diabetes Cardiovascular Initiative Composite Score.”
According to the American Heart Association/American Stroke Association, stroke is the fifth leading 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.
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