American Heart Association Recognizes Huntington Hospital for Stroke Care

Published : Thursday, May 24, 2018 | 5:56 AM

The American Heart Association and the American Stroke Association have awarded Huntington Hospital in Pasadena the Get With The Guidelines-Stroke Gold Plus Quality Achievement Award.

The award was granted in recognition of the hospital’s commitment to ensuring stroke patients receive the most appropriate treatment according to nationally recognized research-based guidelines.

Huntington Hospital earned the award by meeting specific quality achievement measures for the diagnosis and treatment of stroke patients for a designated period.

“We are pleased to recognize Huntington Hospital for their commitment to stroke care,” Dr. Eric E. Smith, National Chairman of the Get With The Guidelines Steering Committee, said in a press release. “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.”

These clinical measures include evaluation of the proper use of medications and other stroke treatments, aligned with the most up-to-date, evidence-based guidelines for speeding up recovery for stroke patients and reducing death and disability incidents.

The measures also include giving patients education on managing their health before discharge, scheduling a follow-up visit scheduled, and other care transition interventions.

“Huntington Hospital is dedicated to improving the quality of care for our stroke patients by implementing the American Heart Association’s Get With The Guidelines-Stroke initiative,” said Dr. Arbi Ohanian, Medical Director of Huntington Hospital’s Stroke Program. “Our team is committed to delivering advanced stroke treatments to patients quickly and safely and this recognition demonstrates our dedication to providing world-class, innovative stroke care.”

Huntington Hospital also received the AHA/ASA’s Target: Stroke Elite Honor Roll. To qualify for this recognition, 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.

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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