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Beth Israel Deaconess Hospital-Needham wins awards for stroke care

Posted by boston.com  July 26, 2013 03:43 PM

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Courtesy of Beth Israel Deaconess Hospital
Members of the BID-Needham Stroke Team Receive the SCORE award from the Massachusetts Department of Public Health. (L-R) DPH Acting Commissioner Cheryl Bartlett; Gay Calo RN Stroke Committee Coordinator BID-Needham; Margot Geffroy MD, Chief of Neurology BID-Needham;lDana R. Palka, RN, MSN, Director, Healthcare Quality & Patient Safety, BID-Needham and Lee Schwamm, MD, FAHA.

Beth Israel Deaconess Hospital-Needham has won several awards for its stroke care in recent years, and added two more to its collection this year, according to a recent press release issued by the hospital.

For the third year running, the hospital was awarded the Get With the Guidelines Stroke Gold Plus Performance Achievement Award and the SCORE-Defect-free Care award. The first was awarded by the American Heart and American Stroke Association, while the latter came from SCORE, Stroke Collaborative Reaching for Excellence.

“Our stroke program is very pro-active. Everyone on the medical staff has been trained to recognize the warning signs of stroke and get the appropriate treatment plan in place immediately,” said Margot Geffroy, MD, chief of neurology. “I am proud of all of the physicians, nurses and support staff who have worked hard to make BID-Needham the best place to be when every minute counts.”

To qualify for the GWTG award, hospitals must maintain at least 85 percent treatment rates with the American Stroke Association treatment guideline for two or more years, and achieve at least 75 percent compliance with guidelines for quality of care. These include offering various types of therapy and counseling, including smoking cessation.

SCORE is a statewide, voluntary quality improvement collaborative. The Defect-free Award recognizes the hospital’s provision of high-quality care to a majority of its patients over a period of 12 months.

“Both awards are proof of our commitment to exceptional care and the importance we place on educating our community about the warning signs of stroke and why immediate treatment is so critical in minimizing the life-threatening effects of a stroke,” said BID-Needham President and CEO John Fogarty.

Knowing the key signs and symptoms of stroke and calling 9-1-1 immediately can save a life. The F.A.S.T. acronym is an easy way to remember:


  • Face: Does the face look uneven? Ask the person to smile

  • Arm: Does one arm drift down? Ask the person to raise both arms

  • Speech: Does the speech sound strange? Ask the person to repeat a phrase

  • Time: If you observe these symptoms, call 9-1-1


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