Award Honors Palms West Hospital’s Commitment To Quality Stroke Care

(L-R) Director of Emergency Services Rita Willis, Chief of Emergency Medicine Dr. Richard Giroux, Manager Emergency Services Monica Ible and Charge Nurse Mary-Anne Davis.

Palms West Hospital has received the American Heart Association/American Stroke Association’s Get with the Guidelines Stroke Silver Plus and the Stroke Bronze Quality Achievement Award. The awards recognize 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.

Palms West Hospital earned the awards 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 dedicated to improving the quality of care for our stroke patients by implementing the American Heart Association’s Get with the Guidelines stroke initiative,” Chief Nursing Officer Sheila Sanders said. “The tools and resources provided help us track and measure our success in meeting evidenced-based clinical guidelines developed to improve patient outcomes.”

Palms West Hospital has also met specific scientific guidelines as a Primary Stroke Center, featuring a comprehensive system for rapid diagnosis and treatment of stroke patients admitted to the emergency department.

“We are pleased to recognize Palms West Hospital for their commitment to stroke care,” said Dr. Lee H. Schwamm, national chair of the Quality Oversight Committee. “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.”

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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