OCTOBER 14, 2014. Jersey City Medical Center – Barnabas Health has received the American Heart Association/American Stroke Association's Get With the Guidelines®- Stroke Gold Plus Quality Achievement Award for the third 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.
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. Individualized stroke education is also provided to both the patient and their family.
"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 – Barnabas Health. "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."
"Our interdisciplinary team approach allows us to provide excellent stroke care with proven results," said Theresa LaFlam, Stroke Program Manager. "Jersey City Medical Center –
Barnabas Health has committed to providing quality of care, which enhances positive outcomes for our stroke patients."
"This award is an acknowledgement and tribute to the doctors, nurses and all involved in the care of the stroke patient and their efforts to ensure that all patients receive the highest quality of care," added Dan Murray, Stroke Program Coordinator.
According to Claudia Garzon-Rivera, Director of Nursing Clinical Excellence, "Jersey City Medical Center – Barnabas Health has been recognized as one of 25 hospitals in New Jersey to meet the American Stroke Association Gold Plus criteria for consistency in following the most up-to-date stroke treatment guidelines. These guidelines are shown to increase patients' survival rates, decrease permanent disabilities, and lower their risk of hospital readmission for the same problem."
This is the third consecutive year the hospital has been recognized.
"It should speak volumes to our patients and their families in terms of the quality of care we provide for stroke patients." said Joseph Scott, President and Chief Executive Officer of Jersey City Medical Center – Barnabas Health. "We're very proud of this honor."
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