Jersey City Medical Center has received the American Heart Association/American Stroke Association's Get With the Guidelines®- Stroke Gold Plus Quality Achievement Award for the second consecutive year. The award recognizes the hospital's commitment and success in implementing excellent care for stroke patients, according to evidence-based guidelines.
Get With The Guidelines–Stroke helps hospital's develop and implement acute and secondary prevention guideline processes to improve patient care and outcomes. The program provides hospitals with a web-based patient management tool, best practice discharge protocols and standing orders, along with a robust registry and real-time benchmarking capabilities to track performance.
"Jersey City Medical Center is to be commended for its continued commitment to improving the care of its 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. "Studies show that patients treated in hospitals participating in the American Heart Association's Get With the Guidelines-Stroke program receive a higher quality of care and may experience better results."
The quick and efficient use of guideline procedures can improve the quality of care for stroke patients and may reduce disability and save lives. 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.
"With a stroke, time lost is brain lost, and the Get With the Guidelines – Stroke Gold Plus Quality Achievement Award once again demonstrates our commitment to being one of the top hospitals in the country for providing aggressive, proven stroke care," said Dr. Musaid Khan, Medical Director of Stroke at Jersey City Medical Center. "We will continue with our focus on providing care that has been shown in the scientific literature to quickly and efficiently treat stroke patients with evidence-based protocols."
"This award is an acknowledgement and tribute to the doctors, nurses and administration of the Jersey City Medical Center and their efforts to ensure that all patients receive the highest quality of care," added Dan Murray, Stroke Program Coordinator.
He and Dr. Khan comprise the hospital's stroke team leadership with Claudia Garzon-Rivera, Director of Clinical Excellence; and Rachael Mattaliano, Quality Outcomes Manager.
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 gives healthcare providers access to up-to-date cardiovascular and stroke science at the point of care.
"Receiving this recognition for a second consecutive year is a real honor," said Joseph Scott, President and Chief Executive Officer of Jersey City Medical Center. "It should speak volumes to our patients and their families in terms of the quality of care we provide for stroke patients."
According to the American Heart Association/American Stroke Association, 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 40 seconds; someone dies of a stroke every four minutes; and 795,000 people suffer a new or recurrent stroke each year.