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Kaitlynn Riley, Coordinator of Marketing & Business Development
Garden City Hospital Receives
Get With The Guidelines-Stroke Gold Plus Quality Achievement Award
American Heart Association Award recognizes Garden City Hospital’s commitment
to quality stroke care
Garden City, MI – August 20, 2020 – Garden City Hospital has received the American Heart Association/American Stroke Association’s Get With The Guidelines®– Stroke Gold Plus Quality Achievement Award. The award recognizes the hospital’s commitment to ensuring stroke patients receive the most appropriate treatment according to nationally recognized, research-based guidelines based on the latest scientific evidence.
Garden City Hospital earned the award by meeting specific quality achievement measures for the diagnosis and treatment of stroke patients at a set level for a designated period. These measures include evaluation of the proper use of medications and other stroke treatments aligned with the most up-to-date, evidence-based guidelines with the goal of speeding recovery and reducing death and disability for stroke patients. Before discharge, patients should also receive education on managing their health, get a follow-up visit scheduled, as well as other care transition interventions
“Our team worked hard to improve the quality of care for our stroke patients by implementing evidenced-based clinical guidelines developed to improve patient outcomes by the American Heart Association,” said Saju George, Regional CEO Prime Healthcare Michigan Market. “ We are proud of our team’s success.”
Stroke Honor Roll Elite Award
Garden City Hospital additionally received the Association’s Target: StrokeSM Honor Roll Elite award. To qualify for this recognition, hospitals must meet quality measures developed to reduce the time between the patient’s arrival at the hospital and treatment with the clot-buster tissue plasminogen activator, or tPA, the only drug approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration to treat ischemic stroke.
Garden City Hospital additionally received the Association’s Target: Type 2 Diabetes Honor Roll™ award. To qualify for this recognition, hospitals must meet quality measures developed with more than 90 % of compliance for 12 consecutive months for the “Overall Diabetes Cardiovascular Initiative Composite Score.”
Garden City Hospital has also met specific scientific guidelines as a Primary Stroke Center or as a Comprehensive Stroke Center, featuring a comprehensive system for rapid diagnosis and treatment of stroke patients admitted to the emergency department.
“We are pleased to recognize Garden City Hospital for their commitment to stroke care,” said Lee H. Schwamm, M.D., national chairperson of the Quality Oversight Committee and Executive Vice-Chair of Neurology, Director of Acute Stroke Services, Massachusetts General Hospital, Boston, Massachusetts. “Research has shown that hospitals adhering to clinical measures through the Get With The Guidelines quality improvement initiative can often see fewer readmissions and lower mortality rates.”
According to the American Heart Association/American Stroke Association, stroke is the No. 5 cause of death and a leading cause of adult disability in the United States. On average, someone in the U.S. suffers a stroke every 40 seconds and nearly 795,000 people suffer a new or recurrent stroke each year.
About Garden City Hospital
Garden City Hospital, a part of Prime Healthcare, is a community hospital with a full range of services. GCH has provided over 73 years of caring to the residents of western Wayne County, Michigan. Over the past few years, the hospital has been recognized nationally through quality awards such as the 2020 Patient Safety Excellence Award™ and other five-star quality awards from Healthgrades, including the America’s 100 Best Hospitals™ for orthopedic surgery award in 2020 and the Orthopedic Surgery Excellence Award™ for the second consecutive year. Garden City Hospital is also a BlueCross BlueShield of Michigan Blue Distinction Center+ for Hip & Knee Replacement and Maternity Care. Learn more at www.gch.org.
About Prime Healthcare and Prime Healthcare Foundation
Prime Healthcare is an award-winning national hospital system with 45 acute-care hospitals providing nearly 44,000 jobs in 14 states. Fifteen of the hospitals are members of the Prime Healthcare Foundation, a 501(c)3 public charity. Based in California and one of the largest hospital systems in the country, Prime Healthcare is committed to ensuring access to quality healthcare. Prime Healthcare and its hospitals have been recognized as among the “100 Top Hospitals” in the nation 42 times and among the “15 Top Health Systems” three times, and Prime is the only “10 Top Health System” west of the Mississippi. For more information, please visit www.primehealthcare.com.
About Get With The Guidelines®
Get With The Guidelines® is the American Heart Association/American Stroke Association’s Get With The Guidelines® is the American Heart Association/American Stroke Association’s hospital-based quality improvement program that provides hospitals with tools and resources to increase adherence to the latest research-based guidelines. Developed with the goal of saving lives and hastening recovery, Get With The Guidelines has touched the lives of more than 9 million patients since 2001. For more information, visit heart.org/quality.