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Published on June 26, 2019

Annie Penn Hospital Receives National Stroke Award

The award recognizes that the hospital uses the latest science in treating people having a stroke.



Annie Penn Hospital has received the American Heart Association/American Stroke Association’s Get With The Guidelines® Target: Stroke Honor Roll Silver Plus Quality Achievement Award. The award goes to hospitals where stroke patients receive nationally recognized, research-based treatment.

Annie Penn Hospital earned the award for meeting specific quality measures for quickly diagnosing and treating stroke during a set window of time.

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These measures include the proper use of medications and other stroke treatments that have been scientifically shown to speed recovery and reduce death and disability of stroke. The guidelines also include providing patients information on how to continue their recovery once they leave the hospital, how to better manage their health and how to schedule any additional care or treatment.

“Our goal is to save more lives and shorten recovery time. By using these guidelines, our patients stand a better chance of not only surviving, but recovering from stroke,” says Sandra Kueider, RN, director of nursing for Annie Penn Hospital’s emergency department. Annie Penn Hospital was the first in N.C. designated as a ‘stroke ready’ hospital by Joint Commission.

“We are pleased to recognize Annie Penn Hospital for their commitment to stroke care,” says Lee H. Schwamm, M.D., national chairperson of the Quality Oversight Committee and Executive Vice Chair of Neurology, Director of Acute Stroke Services, Massachusetts General Hospital, Boston, Massachusetts. “Research has shown that hospitals adhering to clinical measures through the Get With The Guidelines quality improvement initiative can often see fewer readmissions and lower mortality rates.”

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.

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