The Moses H. Cone Memorial Hospital Receives Top Award for Stroke Treatment
The award recognizes efforts to treat the fifth leading cause of death in the U.S.
The Moses H. Cone Memorial Hospital has received the American Heart Association/American Stroke Association’s Get With The Guidelines®-Stroke Gold Plus Achievement Award with Target: StrokeSM Honor Roll Elite Plus. The award recognizes the hospital’s commitment to providing the most appropriate stroke treatment using nationally recognized guidelines based on the latest scientific evidence. It is the highest stroke recognition the organizations offer.
“Someone having a stroke loses 1.9 million neurons each minute stroke treatment is delayed. This award shows our commitment to rapidly diagnosing strokes and getting advanced treatments to our patients quickly and safely,” says Cone Health Director of Neurology Operations Jeremy Deaver. “Receiving this recognition from the American Heart Association/American Stroke Association for the third consecutive year shows our team’s dedication to providing the best stroke care available.”
Hospitals must meet all Get With The Guidelines-Stroke achievement indicators 85 percent of the time for two or more consecutive 12-month periods. They also must achieve 75 percent or higher compliance with five of eight Get With The Guidelines-Stroke Quality measures to receive the Gold Plus Quality Achievement Award.
To qualify for the Target: Stroke Honor Roll Elite Plus, hospitals must meet quality measures developed to reduce the time between the patient’s arrival at the hospital and treatment with the clot-buster tissue plasminogen activator, or tPA, the only drug approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration to treat ischemic stroke. If given in the first three hours after stroke symptoms begin, tPA has been shown to significantly reduce the effects of stroke and lessen the chance of permanent disability. Moses Cone 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 quality measures are designed to help hospital teams follow the most up-to-date guidelines. These guidelines have been shown to speed recovery, and reduce death and disability for people having strokes.
“The American Heart Association and American Stroke Association recognize Moses Cone Hospital for its commitment to stroke care,” says National Chairman of the Get With The Guidelines Steering Committee and Professor of Medicine at Stanford University Paul Heidenreich, MD, MS “Research has shown there are benefits to patients who are treated at hospitals that have adopted the Get With The Guidelines program.”
The experts at The Joint Commission-certified primary stroke center at Moses Cone Hospital in Greensboro encourage people to know the symptoms of stroke.
Stroke symptoms occur suddenly and may include:
- Numbness or weakness of the leg.
- Confusion or trouble understanding.
- Trouble seeing in one or both eyes.
- Trouble walking, dizziness, or loss of balance or coordination.
- Severe headache with no known cause.
Anyone having or seeing someone having those symptoms should call 9-1-1.