Get With The Guidelines® Gold Plus and Target Stroke Honor Roll Elite Plus Award, First in West Michigan and Second in the State
On Thursday, May 28, 2015, Kathie Thomas from the American Heart Association (AHA) presented the plaque to Daniel Roper, MD, medical director of Emergency Services, and Muhammad Farooq, MD, medical director of the Stroke Program, in front of the entire stroke team and hospital leadership.
“The Emergency Department works with many departments, but the stroke team is the most passionate,” said Roper during the presentation of the award. Farooq also mentioned the level of teamwork and dedication that it takes to earn such a prestigious designation, and thanked the team for their hard work.
The ceremony celebrated Mercy Health Saint Mary’s earning of the American Heart Association (AHA) Get With The Guidelines® Gold Plus and Target Stroke Honor Roll Elite Plus Award for exceeding standards of performance in stroke diagnoses and treatment as identified by the AHA, becoming first in West Michigan and second in the state.
What is Get With The Guidelines® – Stroke?
- An accredited program that seeks to acknowledge hospitals that have met specific criteria in a designated amount of time.
- Hospitals become eligible to receive this award based on their commitment to establishing the best patient care, according to the most recent research and findings in science that are highlighted in national guidelines.
- Aims to shorten stroke patient recovery time and an increase in patient knowledge relating to managing their health.
- Measures performance in areas such as the hospital’s ability to educate patients on ways to recognize when a stroke is occurring and prevent disabilities as a result of brain cell damage.
According to to the American Heart Association, 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.
“Stroke is the fifth leading cause of death and the leading cause of disability in the US,” said Muhammad Farooq, MD, vascular neurologist, Mercy Health Hauenstein Neurosciences.
The Joint Commission recently identified Mercy Health Saint Mary’s as providing the following best practices in stroke diagnoses and treatment:
- Increased involvement in the community through various programs and events emphasizing stroke awareness.
- Program evaluation that measures patient outcomes during and after treatment
- Shift reports among nurses are seamlessly handed off, contributing to quality patient care
“Recent studies have shown that endovascular therapy can provide additional benefit to IV t-PA in patients with large artery blockage,” said Farooq. “The chance of a good outcome nearly doubled in subjects who underwent endovascular therapy.”
It is important that everyone is aware of stroke symptoms to ensure that they are acting FAST.
“Time is brain and every single second counts,” said Farooq. “For every minute someone suffers a stroke, 1.8 million neurons are lost, leaving a previously normal functioning person with a potential of physical and cognitive impairment.”