Our Lady of the Lake receives quality achievement award for stroke care

BATON ROUGE, La (LOCAL 33) - Our Lady of the Lake Regional Medical Center has received the American Heart Association/American Stroke Association’s Get With the Guidelines®-Stroke Gold Plus Quality Achievement Award with Target: StrokeSM Honor Roll Elite. The award recognizes the hospital’s commitment to providing the most appropriate stroke treatment according to nationally recognized, research-based guidelines based on the latest scientific evidence.

“Stroke is the fifth leading cause of death as well as a leading cause of adult disability in the United States,” explained Dr. Glenn Kidder, neurologist and physician lead for the Stroke Program at Our Lady of the Lake. “Our Lady of the Lake continues to strive for excellence in the acute treatment of stroke patients, and this recognition demonstrates our commitment to providing our patients the most advanced and prompt treatment available.”

Our Lady of the Lake has earned the Stroke Gold Plus award for five consecutive years, and this year is being recognized for the first time as a Target: Stroke Honor Roll Elite recipient.  The hospital is Joint Commission-accredited as a Certified Primary Stroke Center of Excellence for its comprehensive system for rapid diagnosis and treatment of stroke patients.

To receive the Gold Plus Quality Achievement Award, hospitals must achieve 85 percent or higher adherence to all Get With The Guidelines-Stroke achievement indicators for two or more consecutive 12-month periods and achieve 75 percent or higher compliance with five of eight Get With The Guidelines-Stroke Quality measures.

To qualify for the Target: Stroke Honor Roll Elite, 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. If given intravenously in the first three hours after the start of stroke symptoms, tPA has been shown to significantly reduce the effects of stroke and lessen the chance of permanent disability. Our Lady of the Lake 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 quality measures are designed to help hospital teams follow the most up-to-date, evidence-based guidelines with the goal of speeding recovery and reducing death and disability for stroke patients.

“The American Heart Association and American Stroke Association recognize Our Lady of the Lake for its commitment to stroke care,” said Paul Heidenreich, MD, MS, national chairman of the Get With The Guidelines Steering Committee and Professor of Medicine at Stanford University. “Research has shown there are benefits to patients who are treated at hospitals that have adopted the Get With The Guidelines program.”

Get With The Guidelines®-S puts the expertise of the American Heart Association and American Stroke Association to work for hospitals nationwide, helping hospital care teams ensure the care provided to patients is aligned with the latest research-based guidelines. Developed with the goal to save lives and improve recovery time, Get With The Guidelines®-S has impacted more than 3 million patients since 2003. 


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