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Saint Vincent Hospital Receives Get With The Guidelines Target: Stroke Honor Roll Gold Plus Quality Achievement Award

Jul 19, 2019

July 15, 2019 - Worcester, MA - Saint Vincent Hospital proudly announces its designation from The American Heart Association/American Stroke Association’s Get With The Guidelines® Target: Stroke Honor Roll Gold Plus Quality Achievement Award. 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.

Saint Vincent Hospital 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. 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.

“Saint Vincent Hospital is a Joint Commission Certified Primary Stroke Center and we are committed to delivering the best care possible to our stroke patients” says Carolyn Jackson, Saint Vincent Hospital’s chief executive officer. “Through the American Heart Association’s Get With The Guidelines Stroke initiative, we are able to measure our success in meeting evidenced-based clinical guidelines developed to improve patient outcomes.”

In addition to the Get With The Guidelines Award, Saint Vincent Hospital is recognized by the Massachusetts Department of Public Health through The Paul Coverdell National Acute Stroke Program. This is a Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) funded quality improvement collaborative administered by the DPH, that supports Primary Stroke Service hospitals.

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.

If you are interested in more information stroke care at Saint Vincent Hospital, please call PR Manager Rhiana Sherwood at 508-308-1969 or email Rhiana.Sherwood@stvincenthospital.com.

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