DERBY - Griffin Hospital has received the Get With The Guidelines®–Stroke Gold Plus Quality Achievement Award from the American Heart Association.
The award recognizes Griffin Hospital’s
commitment and success in implementing a higher standard of care by
ensuring that stroke patients receive treatment according to nationally
Get With The Guidelines–Stroke helps Griffin Hospital’s staff develop
and implement acute and secondary prevention guideline processes to
improve patient care and outcomes.
The program provides hospitals with a
web-based patient management tool, best practice
discharge protocols and standing orders, along with a robust registry
and real-time benchmarking capabilities to track performance.
The quick and efficient use of guideline procedures can improve the
quality of care for stroke patients and may reduce disability and save
“Recent studies show that patients treated in hospitals participating
in the American Heart Association’s Get With The Guidelines-Stroke
program receive a higher quality of care and may experience better
outcomes,” said Lee H. Schwamm, M.D., 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, Mass. “ Griffin Hospital’s team is to be commended for their
commitment to improving the care of their
Following Get With The Guidelines-Stroke treatment guidelines,
patients are started on aggressive risk-reduction therapies including
the use of medications such as tPA, antithrombotics and anticoagulation
therapy, along with cholesterol reducing drugs and
smoking cessation counseling. These are all aimed at reducing death and
disability and improving the lives of stroke patients. Hospitals must
adhere to these measures at a set level for a designated period of time
to be eligible for the achievement awards.
“Griffin Hospital is dedicated to making our care for stroke patients
among the best in the country. The American Heart Association’s Get
With The Guidelines–Stroke program helps us to accomplish this goal,”
said Griffin Hospital President and CEO Patrick
Charmel. “This recognition demonstrates that we are on the right track
and we’re very proud of our team.”
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
This post is taken from a press release from Griffin Hospital.
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