High Marks for Stroke Care

 For the seventh straight year, Phelps Memorial Hospital Center received the Get With the Guidelines-Stroke “Gold Plus” Achievement Award — the highest recognition for quality stroke care — from the American Heart Association/American Stroke Association (AHA/ASA).

In addition, Phelps was named to AHA/ASA’s Target: Stroke Honor Roll.

Get With the Guidelines-Stroke helps hospitals provide the most current, research-based treatments that accelerate recovery and reduce death and disability. To receive the award, Phelps displayed high quality in diagnosis and treatment, including the aggressive use of medications and risk-reduction therapies.

“Phelps is dedicated to improving the quality of stroke care, and Get With the Guidelines helps us achieve that goal,” said Elaine Gardner, RN, stroke coordinator at Phelps. “With this award, our hospital demonstrates our commitment to ensure that our patients receive care based on internationally respected clinical guidelines.”

AHA/ASA recognizes hospitals for implementing and having met quality improvement measures, such as reducing treatment times for the clot-buster tissue plasminogen activator — or tPA — the only drug approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration to treat ischemic stroke.

“The American Heart Association and American Stroke Association recognize Phelps for its commitment to stroke care,” said Paul Heidenreich, MD, national chair of the Get With the Guidelines Steering Committee and a professor of medicine at Stanford University. “Research has shown there are benefits to patients who are treated at hospitals that have adopted the Get With the Guidelines program.”