June 1, 2012
Mercy Hospital of Buffalo has received the American Heart Association / American Stroke Association’s Get With The Guidelines® Stroke Silver Plus Quality Achievement Award (Mercy Hospital Awards). The award recognizes the 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.
To receive the Stroke Silver Plus Award, Mercy Hospital achieved at least 12 consecutive months of 85 percent or higher adherence to all Get With The Guidelines-Stroke Quality Achievement indicators and achieved at least 75 percent or higher compliance with six of 10 Get With The Guidelines-Stroke Quality Measures during that same period of time, which are reporting initiatives to measure quality of care.
These measures include aggressive use of medications, such as antithrombotics, anticoagulation therapy, DVT prophylaxis, cholesterol reducing drugs and smoking cessation, all aimed at reducing death and disability and improving the lives of stroke patients.
The Mercy Hospital Stroke Center team was recognized for their outstanding efforts and dedication to quality care as they were presented the American Heart & Stroke Association's Stroke Silver Plus Quality Achievement Award during a presentation held on May 30 at the hospital.
In addition to the Get With The Guideline-Stroke award, Mercy Hospital has also been named to the association’s Target: Stroke Honor Roll for its efforts to improve stroke care with the timely use of tPA (tissue plasminogen activator), the only clot-busing drug approved by the Food and Drug Administration for the urgent treatment of ischemic stroke. If given intravenously in the first three hours after the start of stroke symptoms, tPA has been shown to significantly reverse the effects of stroke and reduce permanent disability.
“Achieving these recognitions in such a short timespan is a testament to the outstanding work and dedication of our entire stroke team,” said Lee Guterman, Ph.D., M.D., medical director of Catholic Health Stroke Services. “Our goal is to continue moving forward in our commitment to medical excellence and providing the highest quality care and best stroke outcomes for our patients.”