The Heart Institute at Regional Medical Center Bayonet Point Receives Get With The Guidelines Silver Plus Performance Achievement Award
Hudson, FL (October 29, 2009) - Regional Medical Center Bayonet Point has received the American Heart Association/American Stroke Associations Get With The Guidelines® Stroke Silver Plus Performance Achievement Award. The award recognizes the hospitals commitment and success in implementing a higher standard of stroke care by ensuring that stroke patients receive treatment according to nationally accepted standards and recommendations. The award was presented to Regional Medical Center Bayonet Point at an Employee Excellence and Service Awards Ceremony on Thursday, October 29, by Pasco County Sheriff (and heart attack survivor) Bob White, on behalf of the American Heart Association.
With a stroke, time lost is brain lost, and the Get With The Guidelines Stroke Silver Plus Performance Achievement Award demonstrates that our staff is committed to providing care that has been shown in the scientific literature to quickly and efficiently treat stroke patients with evidence-based protocols, said Steve Rector, Chief Executive Officer, Regional Medical Center Bayonet Point.
To receive the Get With The Guidelines Stroke Silver Plus Performance Achievement Award, Regional Medical Center Bayonet Point achieved at least 12 consecutive months of 85 percent or higher adherence to all Get With The Guidelines Stroke Performance Achievement indicators and achieved at least 75 percent or higher compliance with six of 10 Get With The Guidelines Stroke Quality Measures during that same period of time, which are reporting initiatives to measure quality of care.
These measures include aggressive use of medications, such as tPA, antithrombotics, anticoagulation therapy, DVT prophylaxis, cholesterol reducing drugs and smoking cessation, all aimed at reducing death and disability and improving the lives of stroke patients.
In light of the fact that on November 9 we celebrate the 20th Anniversary of our Heart Institute, the time is right for Regional Medical Center Bayonet Point to remain focused on improving the quality of stroke care by implementing Get With The Guidelines Stroke. The number of acute ischemic stroke patients eligible for treatment is expected to grow over the next decade due to increasing stroke incidence and a large aging population, It is an truly an honor to be the first hospital in the State of Florida to receive the Silver Plus Performance Achievement Award said Rector.
Regional Medical Center Bayonet Point is to be commended for its commitment to implementing standards of care and protocols for treating stroke patients, said Lee H. Schwamm, M.D., 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.
Get With The Guidelines Stroke uses the teachable moment, the time soon after a patient has had a stroke, when they are most likely to listen to and follow their healthcare professionals guidance. Studies demonstrate that patients who are taught how to manage their risk factors while still in the hospital reduce their risk of a second heart attack or stroke. Through Get With The Guidelines Stroke, customized patient education materials are made available at the point of discharge, based on patients individual risk profiles. The take-away materials are written in an easy-to-understand format and are available in English and Spanish. In addition, the Get With The Guidelines Patient Management Tool provides access to up-to-date cardiovascular and stroke science at the point of care.
According to the American Heart Association/American Stroke Association, stroke is the third leading cause of death in the United States and a leading cause of serious, long-term disability. On average, someone suffers a stroke every 45 seconds; someone dies of a stroke every three minutes; and 795,000 people suffer a new or recurrent stroke each year.
For more information on Get With The Guidelines, visit www.americanheart.org/getwiththeguidelines.
Regional Medical Center Bayonet Point is a 290-bed acute care facility located in Hudson, FL. Home of the nationally acclaimed Heart Institute, over 350 physicians, 900 employees and 500 volunteers comprise their integrated healthcare delivery team. Regional Medical Center Bayonet Point has been designated a 100 Top Hospital seven years by Thomson Reuters and has been named twice (1999 & 2002) by U.S. News & World Report as one of Americas Best Hospitals in Heart and Heart Surgery. It has an Accredited Chest Pain Center, Joint Commission Certified Primary Stroke Center and an Approved, With Commendation, Community Cancer Program, from the College of Surgeons.