Menorah Medical Center—part of HCA Midwest Health, Kansas City’s leading healthcare provider—has received the American Heart Association/American Stroke Association’s Get With The Guidelines®-Stroke Gold Plus Quality Achievement Award with Target: StrokeSM Honor Roll. The award recognizes the hospital’s commitment to providing the most appropriate stroke treatment according to nationally recognized, research-based guidelines based on the latest scientific evidence.
Hospitals must achieve 85 percent or higher adherence to all Get With The Guidelines-Stroke achievement indicators for two or more consecutive 12-month periods and 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, 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 intravenously in the first three hours after the start of stroke symptoms, tPA has been shown to significantly reduce the effects of stroke and lessen the chance of permanent disability. Menorah Medical Center 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.
“Menorah Medical Center is pleased to earn a Gold Plus Achievement in Stroke Care from the American Heart Association and American Stroke Association,” says Charles Laird, Chief Executive Officer, Menorah Medical Center. “Menorah’s stroke care team works closely with our EMS partners to save time. Lost time is lost brain with stroke patients. Menorah’s Neuroscience Institute is a regional leader in stroke care and we have a world-class team of highly skilled neurosurgeons, neurologists, emergency medicine physicians and nurses that deliver quality care and outcomes to our patients, as well as a comprehensive Rehabilitation Unit.”
These quality measures are designed to help hospital teams follow the most up-to-date, evidence-based guidelines with the goal of speeding recovery and reducing death and disability for stroke patients.
“A stroke patient loses 1.9 million neurons each minute stroke treatment is delayed,” says Laird. “This recognition further demonstrates our commitment to delivering advanced stroke treatments to patients quickly and safely. Menorah Medical Center continues to strive for excellence in the acute treatment of stroke patients. The recognition from the American Heart Association/American Stroke Association’s Get With The Guidelines-Stroke further reinforces our team’s hard work.”
“This advanced certification means stroke patients at Menorah Medical Center are being diagnosed efficiently and treated quickly by a world-class team of physicians and care givers,” says James Cheray, M.D., Chief Medical Officer, Menorah Medical Center. Time is of the essence with stroke patients and Menorah is ready to give the best in care when it comes to strokes.”
“The American Heart Association and American Stroke Association recognize Menorah Medical Center for its commitment to stroke care,” says Paul Heidenreich, M.D., M.S., national chairman of the Get With The Guidelines Steering Committee and Professor of Medicine at Stanford University. “Research has shown there are benefits to patients who are treated at hospitals that have adopted the Get With The Guidelines program.”
Get With The Guidelines®-S puts the expertise of the American Heart Association and American Stroke Association to work for hospitals nationwide, helping hospital care teams ensure the care provided to patients is aligned with the latest research-based guidelines. Developed with the goal to save lives and improve recovery time, Get With The Guidelines®-S has impacted more than 3 million patients since 2003.
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, someone dies of a stroke every four minutes, and nearly 800,000 people suffer a new or recurrent stroke each year.
For more information about Menorah Medical Center and its full spectrum of services, including its award-winning stroke program, visit menorahmedicalcenter.com.