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UH Parma Medical Center honored with quality achievement award for stroke care

Wednesday, April 16, 2014

Free Stroke Awareness program on May 27

Consistent, high-quality care of stroke patients earned University Hospitals Parma Medical Center the Gold from the American Heart Association/American Stroke Association. And its community presence – including a free May 27 presentation to educate the public on signs, symptoms and treatment of stroke – is among the reasons UH Parma Medical Center received this award.

Collaboration between EMS, the Emergency Department and the multidisciplinary Stroke Team results in prompt diagnosis and effective treatment of stroke patients. UH Parma Medical Center received the Get With The Guidelines®-Stroke Gold-Plus Quality Achievement Award for implementing specific quality improvement measures outlined by the American Heart Association/American Stroke Association.

“We take a lot of pride in our continued dedication to the community, and the excellent care we can provide,” said Austin Wellock, MD, Medical Director of the Emergency Department and Director of the Stroke Program.

Get With The Guidelines – Stroke helps hospital teams provide the most up-to-date, research-based guidelines with the goal of speeding recovery and reducing death and disability for stroke patients. UH Parma Medical Center earned the award by meeting specific quality achievement measures for the rapid diagnosis and treatment of stroke patients at a set level for a designated period. These measures include aggressive use of medications and risk-reduction therapies aimed at reducing death and disability and improving the lives of stroke patients.

“This award underscores UH Parma Medical Center’s commitment to our patients, to administer the highest possible level of care right here in the community,” said Noreen Chase, RN, Stroke Program Coordinator, who is required to conduct two community education programs per year and presents more than 10. “With this award, our hospital demonstrates our commitment to ensure that our patients receive care based on internationally-respected clinical guidelines.”

Get With The Guidelines – Stroke also helps UH Parma Medical Center’s staff implement prevention measures, which include educating stroke patients to manage their risk factors and to be aware of warning signs for stroke, and ensuring they take their medications properly. Hospitals can make customized patient education materials available upon discharge, based on the patients’ individual risk profiles.

On Tuesday, May 27, during Stroke Awareness Month, Chase conducts a free Stroke Awareness presentation covering signs, symptoms, treatment and prevention of the leading cause of disability among Americans. The program will be held from 6:30 – 7:30 p.m. at UH Parma Medical Center’s Health Education Center, 7300 State Road. Call 440-743-4900 to register.

“We are pleased to recognize UH Parma Medical Center for their commitment and dedication to stroke care,” said Deepak L. Bhatt, M.D., M.P.H., national chairman of the Get With The Guidelines steering committee and Executive Director of Interventional Cardiovascular Programs at Brigham and Women's Hospital and Professor of Medicine at Harvard Medical School. “Studies have shown that hospitals that consistently follow Get With The Guidelines quality improvement measures can reduce patients’ length of stays and 30-day readmission rates and reduce disparity gaps in care.”

According to the American Heart Association/American Stroke Association, stroke is the number four cause of death and a leading cause of adult 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.

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