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Published on May 22, 2013

Cone Health Stroke Center Recognized for Quality of Care


The Moses Cone Hospital Stroke Center has been recognized with two awards for quality stroke care by the American Heart Association and the American Stroke Association. The Center has earned the American Heart Association/American Stroke Association’s Get With The Guidelines®-Stroke Silver Plus Quality Achievement Award and was named to the associations’ Target: Stroke Honor Roll.  The awards recognize the stroke team’s commitment and success in implementing a high standard of stroke care by ensuring that stroke patients receive prompt treatment according to nationally accepted standards and recommendations.

To receive the Get With The Guidelines-Stroke Silver Plus Quality Achievement Award, the Center achieved a very high rate of adherence to all program quality measures.

These measures include aggressive use of the latest stroke treatment medications, cholesterol reducing drugs and smoking cessation, all aimed at reducing death and disability and improving the lives of stroke patients.

“It is great to be among the handful of hospitals in North Carolina receiving these awards,” says Cone Health Vice President and Service Line Administrator Anne Macner. “This recognition is really indicative of the hard work we put into providing the very highest level of care to our stroke patients.”

The Moses Cone Hospital Stroke Center has also been recognized as a recipient of the American Heart Association/American Stroke Association’s Target: Stroke Honor Roll, for improving stroke care. To earn this designation, a stroke has to be diagnosed quickly in people with stroke symptoms and aggressively treated with appropriate medications such as tPA – a clot dissolving drug proved effective in treating strokes.

Moses Cone Hospital typically admits the second highest number of stroke victims in the state, averaging more than 1,300 cases a year.

“The Moses Cone Hospital Stroke Center is to be commended for its commitment to implementing standards of care and protocols for treating stroke patients,” said Dr. Lee H. Schwamm, 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. “The full implementation of acute care and secondary prevention recommendations and guidelines is a critical step in saving the lives and improving outcomes of stroke patients.”

The Moses Cone Hospital Stroke Center was recently re-certified as a Primary Stroke Center by The Joint Commission.

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 each year.

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