ProMedica Flower Hospital Recognized Nationally for Exceptional Stroke Care
posted on: 04/11/2012Award demonstrates commitment to quality care for stroke patients
SYLVANIA, OHIO, April 05, 2012 – ProMedica Flower Hospital has received the American Heart Association/American Stroke Association’s Get With The Guidelines®–Stroke Silver Quality Achievement Award. The award recognizes Flower Hospital’s commitment and success in implementing a higher standard of stroke care by ensuring that stroke patients receive treatment according to nationally accepted standards and recommendations.
“With a stroke, time lost is brain lost, and this recognition demonstrates that our staff is committed to providing care that has been shown to quickly and efficiently treat stroke patients with evidence-based protocols,” said Pam Jensen, senior vice president of Operations.
Flower Hospital earned this recognition by adhering to at least 85 percent of all Get With The Guidelines – Stroke Quality Achievement indicators and being at least 75 percent compliant with six of 10 quality measures for at least 12 consecutive months. The measures include aggressive use of medications that help decrease the effects of and prevent future strokes.
“ProMedica Flower Hospital is to be commended for its commitment to implementing standards of care and protocols for treating stroke patients,” said Lee H. Schwamm, MD, chair of the Get With The Guidelines National Steering Committee and director of the TeleStroke and Acute Stroke Services at Massachusetts General Hospital in Boston. “The full implementation of acute care and secondary prevention recommendations and guidelines is a critical step in saving the lives and improving outcomes of stroke patients.”
The program uses a model known as the “teachable moment,” the time soon after a patient has had a stroke, when he or she is most likely to listen to and follow a healthcare professionals’ guidance. Studies demonstrate that patients who are taught how to manage their risk factors while still in the hospital reduce their risk of a second heart attack or stroke. Customized patient education materials are made available at the point of discharge, based on patients’ individual risk profiles. The take-away materials are written in an easy-to-understand format and are available in English and Spanish.
“The time is right for us to be more focused on improving the quality of stroke care as the number of stroke patients is expected to increase over the next decade due to the larger population of people over the age of 65, who are more susceptible to strokes,” said Jensen.
According to the American Heart Association/American Stroke Association, 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.
ProMedica Flower Hospital is a member of Toledo, Ohio-based ProMedica, a mission-based, not-for-profit healthcare organization formed in 1986. ProMedica has more than 14,300 employees and nearly 1,700 physicians – with more than 400 healthcare providers employed by ProMedica Physicians. Its 11 hospitals and more than 306 facilities offer comprehensive diagnostic, medical and surgical specialties in heart and vascular, oncology, orthopaedics, neurology, and women and pediatric services. ProMedica’s mission is to improve health and well-being, with a strong focus on wellness and clinical excellence, as well as innovative, community advocacy programs that address health-related issues such as hunger and obesity.