Garden City Hospital Earns American Heart Association 2017 Stroke Gold
Plus Quality Award
Garden City Hospital received the American Heart Association/American Stroke
Association’s Get With The Guidelines®-Stroke Gold Plus Quality
Achievement Award with Target: StrokeSM Honor Roll. 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.
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 receive the Gold Plus
Quality Achievement Award.
To qualify for the Target: Stroke Honor Roll, 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.
Garden City Hospital 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.
A stroke patient loses 1.9 million neurons each minute stroke treatment
is delayed. Someone in the U.S. suffers a stroke every 40 seconds, someone
dies of a stroke every four minutes, and nearly 800,000 people suffer
a new or recurrent stroke each year.