OhioHealth Marion General Hospital receives achievement award for stroke program

OhioHealth Marion General Hospital recently earned the American Heart Association/American Stroke Association’s Get With The Guidelines? – Stroke Gold Plus Achievement Award. The award recognizes the hospitals’ commitment to providing the most appropriate stroke treatment according to nationally recognized, research-based guidelines based on the latest scientific evidence.

OhioHealth Marion General Hospital was one of three hospitals throughout the OhioHealth system to earn this award. The other two system hospitals were OhioHealth Riverside Methodist Hospital and OhioHealth Grant Medical Center.

Hospitals must achieve 85 percent or higher adherence to all Get With The Guidelines? – Stroke achievement indicators for two or more consecutive 12-month periods and achieve 75 percent or higher compliance with five of eight Get With The Guidelines? – Stroke Quality measures to receive the Gold Plus Quality Achievement Award.

These quality measures are designed to help hospital teams follow the most up-to-date, evidence-based guidelines with the goal of speeding recovery and reducing death and disability for stroke patients.

“Stroke is a ‘brain attack’ caused by loss of blood flow to a part of the brain. ‘Time is Brain’ is the main guiding principle in stroke care because 1.9 million brain cells and 7.5 miles of connections are lost each minute that stroke treatment is delayed. That is why rapid emergency treatment with subsequent care at a local hospital close to home is critical to reduce the injury to the brain and improve opportunity for recovery of function,” said Alex Perchuk, MD, Medical Director of Neuroscience and Stroke Program at OhioHealth Marion General Hospital. “OhioHealth Marion General Hospital continues to strive for excellence in the acute treatment of stroke patients. Being recognized on the international stage with the Get With The Guidelines? Gold Plus Award by the American Heart and the American Stroke Associations further reflects our team’s pursuit to provide the highest level of world-class care to our patients, while doing it close to home.”

“The American Heart Association and American Stroke Association recognize OhioHealth for its commitment to stroke care,” said Paul Heidenreich, M.D., M.S., national chairman of the Get With The Guidelines? Steering Committee and Professor of Medicine at Stanford University. “Research has shown there are benefits to patients who are treated at hospitals that have adopted the Get With The Guidelines? program.”

Get With The Guidelines? puts the expertise of the American Heart Association and American Stroke Association to work for hospitals nationwide, helping hospital care teams ensure the care provided to patients is aligned with the latest research-based guidelines. Developed with the goal to save lives and improve recovery time, Get With The Guidelines?-S has impacted more than 3 million patients since 2003.

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, someone dies of a stroke every four minutes, and nearly 800,000 people suffer a new or recurrent stroke each year.

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