Garden City Hospital was recently recognized in the “Best Hospitals” 2014 edition of U.S. News & World Report for receiving the Gold Plus Performance Achievement Award from the American Heart Association/American Stroke Association (AHA/ASA). The Gold Plus Performance Achievement Award is an advanced level of recognition that acknowledges hospitals for their compliance with the Get With The Guidelines® nationally accepted standards and quality measures. It also acknowledges the successful implementation of higher standards of stroke care, aimed at reducing death and disability, and improving the lives of stroke patients at Garden City Hospital.
“Being honored for giving excellent patient care is the best recognition a hospital can get,” said Gary Ley, Garden City Hospital President and CEO. “Having a state-of-the-art Stroke Center is critical to saving lives and improving outcomes of the stroke patients entrusted to our care.”
The AHA/ASA Get With the Guidelines® protocol uses the “teachable moment” – the time soon after a patient has had a stroke and is most likely to listen to and follow their healthcare professionals’ guidance – to teach patients how to manage their risk factors. Studies demonstrate that patients who are taught how to manage their risk factors while still in the hospital are able to reduce their risk of a second heart attack or stroke.
The Gold Plus Performance Achievement Award is the highest level of recognition that allows hospitals to be acknowledged for their compliance with the AHA/ASA quality measures and sustained adherence to specific evidence-based guidelines over a period of two consecutive years.
According to the American Heart Association, the number of acute ischemic stroke patients eligible for treatment is expected to grow over the next decade due to increasing stroke incidence and a large aging population. Other statistics indicate that stroke is one of the leading causes of death and serious, long-term 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.