Mercy Health Saint Mary’s has received the Get With The Guidelines®-Stroke Silver-Plus Quality Achievement Award for implementing specific quality improvement measures outlined by the American Heart Association/American Stroke Association for the treatment of stroke patients. This award was for work performed in 2013.
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. Mercy Health Saint Mary’s 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 aggressive use of medications and risk-reduction therapies aimed at reducing death and disability and improving the lives of stroke patients.
Mercy Health Saint Mary’s also received the association’s Target: Stroke Honor Roll for meeting stroke quality measures that reduce the time between hospital arrival and treatment with the clot-buster tPA, the only drug approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration to treat ischemic stroke. People who suffer a stroke who receive the drug within three hours of the onset of symptoms may recover quicker and are less likely to suffer severe disability.
“We would like to thank the AHA/ASA and Mercy Health leadership for their support,” said Muhammad Farooq, MD, vascular neurologist. “This award has been a true reflection of the teams hard work, dedication and commitment to developing a comprehensive stroke program. We have successfully been able to collaborate with several West Michigan hospitals over the past year and this has proven to build a larger stroke network for the surrounding communities.”