Marshall, Texas – For the first time in its history, CHRISTUS Good Shepherd Medical Center - Marshall has received the American Heart Association/American Stroke Association’s Get With The Guidelines® Gold Plus Quality Achievement Award. The award recognizes the hospital’s commitment to ensuring stroke patients receive the most appropriate treatment according to nationally recognized, research-based guidelines based on the latest scientific evidence.
CHRISTUS Good Shepherd Medical Center - Marshall 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 evaluation of the proper use of medications and other stroke treatments aligned with the most up-to-date, evidence-based guidelines with the goal of speeding recovery and reducing death and disability for stroke patients. Before discharge, patients should also receive education on managing their health, get a follow-up visit scheduled, as well as other care transition interventions.
“We are extremely proud of the care we provide to our patients here in Marshall, and CHRISTUS Good Shepherd Medical Center - Marshall is dedicated to improving the quality of care for our stroke patients by implementing the American Heart Association’s Get With The Guidelines-Stroke initiative,” said CHRISTUS Good Shepherd Health System Stroke Medical Director Joe Bowers, M.D. “The tools and resources provided help us track and measure our success in meeting evidenced-based clinical guidelines developed to improve patient outcomes. With this focus on constant improvement and quality, have been able to achieve this recognition.”
CHRISTUS Good Shepherd Medical Center - Marshall additionally received the association’s Target: StrokeSM Honor Roll Elite Plus award. To qualify for this recognition, 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.
“We are pleased to recognize CHRISTUS Good Shepherd Medical Center - Marshall for their commitment to stroke care,” said Lee H. Schwamm, M.D., national chairperson of the Quality Oversight Committee and Executive Vice Chair of Neurology, Director of Acute Stroke Services, Massachusetts General Hospital, Boston, Massachusetts. “Research has shown that hospitals adhering to clinical measures through the Get With The Guidelines quality improvement initiative can often see fewer readmissions and lower mortality rates.”
“Earning this recognition is a tremendous honor and achievement for health care in this area,” said Brett Kinman, Hospital Administrator of CHRISTUS Good Shepherd Medical Center - Marshall. “The accreditation demonstrates the ongoing efforts and passion our physicians, advanced practice providers, nursing teams and other clinical services comprising our stroke care team contribute to ensuring our patients receive the highest levels of faith-based care when they visit our hospital and clinics.”
According to the American Heart Association/American Stroke Association, stroke is the No. 5 cause of death and a leading cause of adult disability in the United States. On average, someone in the U.S. suffers a stroke every 40 seconds and nearly 795,000 people suffer a new or recurrent stroke each year.
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