By Matt Artz
Friday, August 13th, 2010 at 11:48 am in Uncategorized.
Washington Hospital Stroke Program Reaches Pinnacle of Recognition from the American Heart Association
Fremont, Calif. – In just a few short years since its inception, Washington Hospital’s Stroke Program has earned top honors — The Gold Plus Performance Achievement Award – which is part of the American Heart Association (AHA) and American Stroke Association (ASA)’s Get With The GuidelinesSM (GWTG) program, a national evidence-based initiative to improve stroke patients’ outcomes.
“This recognition is another validation illustrating that our Stroke Program at Washington Hospital is achieving the highest standard of care,” says Ash Jain, MD, the program’s medical director. “By meeting these measures, it means our program is doing the right thing consistently over a period of time, which is our standard of practice. We presume that by following national evidence-based standards the quality of care and quality of life is going to be better for our patients.”
According to the AHA and ASA, hospitals receiving Get With The Guidelines Gold (Sustained) Performance Achievement Award have reached an aggressive goal of treating stroke patients with 85 percent or higher compliance to core standard levels of care for 24 consecutive months.
“As a stroke program, if you are meeting these proven standards that have been documented as effective in the medical literature, then you are providing better care to your patients,” Dr. Jain says.