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Norwood Hospital honored for stroke treatments

Posted by Natalie Feulner  June 20, 2012 12:04 PM

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Norwood Hospital announced that it recently received the American Heart Association/American Stroke Association’s "Get With The Guidelines-Stroke Silver Plus Quality Achievement Award."

The award recognizes Norwood Hospital’s 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.

“With a stroke, time lost may mean that brain tissue is lost, and the "Get With The Guidelines-Stroke Silver Plus Quality 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 Alan Kurland, chief of Neurology and Medical Director of the stroke service at the hospital.

Kurland, in collaboration with Sheila Silva, clinical nurse specialist, and the Norwood Hospital’s multidisciplinary Stroke Committee, spearheaded the implementation of the stroke guidelines, beginning in 2004 and the ongoing collaborative effort for the award.

To receive the "Get With The Guidelines-Stroke Silver Plus Quality Achievement Award", Norwood Hospital achieved at least 12 consecutive months of 85 percent or higher adherence to all "Get With The Guidelines-Stroke" quality 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 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.

“We are so pleased to receive this quality achievement award for stroke care,” Emily Holliman, Norwood Hospital president said. “The efforts of our staff in following the recommended guidelines are critical steps to improving outcomes of stroke patients and saving lives.”

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