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GBMC Stroke Center Makes American Heart Association's 'Target: Stroke' honor roll
Oct 29, 2014
CONTACT: John M. Lazarou
PHONE: 443-849-2126
EMAIL: jlazarou@gbmc.org

Greater Baltimore Medical Center (GBMC) has been named to the American Heart Association (AHA)/American Stroke Association's (ASA) "Target: Stroke" honor roll for its commitment to and success in improving care for stroke patients.

This is the first time GBMC has received this recognition. The award recognizes that over the most recent three-month review period, at least 50 percent of all eligible ischemic stroke patients at GBMC received the important clot-busting drug known as intravenous recombinant tissue plasminogen activator (tPA) within 60 minutes of arriving at the hospital. The drug is the only approved acute-stroke treatment for clot-related, or ischemic, stroke and has been shown to reduce stroke-related disability.

“This is terrific news for GBMC’s stroke team,” says Michael S. Sellman, M.D., Chief of The Center for Neurology at GBMC. “It is a great honor and we are very proud to be recognized by the AHA and ranked among the top stroke centers in our state.”

The new award complements the Get With the Guidelines–Stroke (GWTG–Stroke) Gold Plus Achievement also given to GBMC this year in recognition of the center's implementation of excellent care for stroke patients, based on evidence-based guidelines. To receive the Gold Plus award, the Stroke Center achieved 85 percent or higher adherence to all GWTG–Stroke achievement indicators for a consecutive 12-month period and demonstrated 75 percent or higher compliance to five out of eight GWTG–Stroke quality measures, which are reporting initiatives to measure the quality of care.

“With this recognition comes the responsibility to continue providing the high quality stroke care that our patients expect and deserve,” says James Bernheimer, M.D., Medical Director of the Stroke Unit. “This accomplishment was achieved through the collaboration of several departments and would not have been possible without the dedication and hard work of the nursing staff, physicians, first responders, CT techs along with personnel in IT, quality management and in our labs and pharmacy.”

According to the AHA, stroke is one of the leading causes of death and serious, long-term disability in the United States. On average, someone suffers a stroke every 45 seconds and approximately 800,000 people suffer a new or recurrent stroke annually.

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 show 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. GBMC provides customized education materials to patients when they are discharged, based on their individual risk profiles. Get With The Guidelines® is a hospital-based quality improvement program that empowers healthcare teams to save lives and reduce healthcare costs by helping hospitals follow evidence-based guidelines and recommendations.

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Related Sites:
The Stroke Center at GBMC
http://www.gbmc.org/body.cfm?id=1147

Get With The Guidelines
http://www.heart.org/HEARTORG/HealthcareResearch/GetWithTheGuidelines/Get-With-The-Guidelines-Stroke_UCM_306098_SubHomePage.jsp
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