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Published on April 22, 2014

Moses Cone Hospital Receives Associations’ Highest Stroke Award

 

The Moses H. Cone Memorial Hospital has been recognized by the American Heart Association/American Stroke Association for its treatment of stroke patients. The hospital has been awarded the Get With The Guidelines®-Stroke Gold-Plus Quality Achievement Award for implementing quality improvement measures. These measures include aggressively using medications and risk-reduction therapies aimed at reducing death and disability, and improving the lives of stroke patients.

 “Our stroke program is dedicated to improving the quality of stroke care and The American Heart Association/American Stroke Association’s Get With The Guidelines–Stroke helps us achieve that goal,” says Cone Health Vice President and Service Line Administrator Anne Macner. “With this award, our program demonstrates our commitment to ensure that our patients receive care based on internationally-respected clinical guidelines.”

Moses Cone Hospital also received the association’s Target: Stroke Honor Roll for meeting stroke quality measures that reduce the time between when a patient gets to the hospital and treatment with the clot-buster tPA, the only drug approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration to treat ischemic stroke. People who suffer a stroke and receive the drug within three hours of the start of symptoms may recover quicker and are less likely to suffer severe disability.

“We are pleased to recognize Moses Cone Hospital for its commitment and dedication to stroke care,” says Dr. Deepak L. Bhatt, national chairman of the Get With The Guidelines steering committee and Executive Director of Interventional Cardiovascular Programs at Brigham and Women's Hospital. He is also Professor of Medicine at Harvard Medical School. “Studies have shown that hospitals that consistently follow Get With The Guidelines quality improvement measures can reduce the length of hospitalization and 30-day readmission rates, and reduce disparity gaps in care.”

Get With The Guidelines–Stroke also helps Moses Cone Hospital’s staff implement prevention measures, which include helping stroke patients manage their risk factors, understand warning signs for stroke and take medications properly. According to the American Heart Association/American Stroke Association, stroke is the fourth leading cause of death and a leading cause of adult 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 each year. 

In North Carolina stroke is the third leading cause of death and is the primary cause of serious, long-term disability. North Carolina is in “the Stroke Belt,” and has a rate of death from stroke more than twice the national average, according to the North Carolina Stroke Association.

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