Stroke Program Again Earns Gold Plus Award

Posted: August 12, 2020

NorthBay Medical Center has again received the American Heart Association/American Stroke Association’s Get With The Guidelines®-Stroke Gold Plus Quality Achievement Award and also qualified for recognition on the Target: Stroke Honor Roll. The hospital has earned Stroke Association awards 5 years in a row: a silver and four golds.

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.

“Caring for our patients is our top priority,” said Beth Gladney, NorthBay Stroke Program manager. “So we are extremely proud to have achieved this recognition, yet again, for following the latest research-based standards for stroke.”

NorthBay is dedicated to improving the quality of care for its stroke patients, she added, and praised the Get With The Guidelines-Stroke initiative. “The resources help us track and measure our success in meeting these guidelines to improve patient outcomes,” she said.

NorthBay 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.

NorthBay also earned the association’s Target: Stroke Honor Roll award. To qualify for this recognition, hospitals have to meet quality measures developed to reduce the time between the patient’s arrival at the hospital and treatment with 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 NorthBay 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. “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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