Jul 10, 2014

Mercy Medical Center recognized for quality care of stroke patients



(Photo courtesy of Mercy Medical Center)

Staff report

SPRINGFIELD – For the third year in a row, Mercy Medical Center has received the Get With The Guidelines® -- Stroke Gold Plus Quality Achievement Award from the American Heart Association/American Stroke Association.

The award recognizes Mercy’s commitment and success in implementing a higher standard of care by ensuring that stroke patients receive treatment according to nationally accepted guidelines.  

Get With The Guidelines - Stroke helps Mercy Medical Center provide the most up-to-date, research-based guidelines, with the goal of speeding recovery and reducing death and disability for stroke patients. The hospital 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.

“For the past three years, the American Heart Association/American Stroke Association has recognized Mercy’s physicians, nurses and staff for their commitment to providing stroke patients with the right care at the right time, in every encounter,” said Scott Wolf, senior vice president of medical affairs, chief medical officer and chief operating officer of Mercy Medical Center. “The Stroke Gold Plus Quality Achievement Award validates their consistent efforts to deliver high quality care and we are proud of them.”

Get With The Guidelines – Stroke also evaluates hospitals on providing community access to information about stroke prevention, as well as educating stroke patients about how to manage their risk factors, recognize stroke warning signs and take their medication properly. 

According to the American Heart Association/American Stroke Association, stroke is the fourth leading 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.