SMH receives award from American Heart Association

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Springs Memorial Hospital

Springs Memorial Hospital has received the Get With The Guidelines–Stroke Silver Plus Quality Achievement Award from the American Heart Association.

The award recognizes the hospital’s commitment and success to implement a higher standard of care by ensuring stroke patients receive treatment according to nationally accepted guidelines.

This is the first year SMH has been recognized with a stroke-centered quality achievement award.

Get With The Guidelines-Stroke helps hospital 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 data base, best practice discharge protocols and standing orders, along with a robust registry and real-time benchmarking capabilities.

The quick and efficient use of guideline procedures can improve the quality of care for stroke patients and may reduce disability and save lives, said Dr. Lee Schwamm, who chairs the program’s steering committee.

Schwamm is director of the TeleStroke and Acute Stroke Services at Massachusetts General Hospital in Boston.

“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,” Schamm said.

“Springs Memorial’s team is to be commended for their commitment to improving the care of their patients.”
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 treatment methods are 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.

“Springs Memorial is dedicated to making our care for stroke patients among the best in the country,” said Karen Martin, chief nursing officer at SMH.

“The American Heart Association’s Get With The Guidelines–Stroke program helps us to accomplish this goal,” she said. “This recognition demonstrates that we are on the right track and we’re very proud of our team.”