Mission Hospital’s stroke program earns quality achievement award for third consecutive year

From the press release from Mission Health:

ASHEVILLE, N.C. (August 16, 2012) – Mission Hospital is proud to announce that its stroke program has received the Get With The Guidelines® Stroke Gold Plus Quality Achievement Award from the American Heart Association (AHA) and American Stroke Association (ASA). In addition to being recognized as Stroke Gold Plus, Mission Hospital’s stroke program also qualified for the Target: Stroke Honor Roll.

The stroke program was recognized by the AHA and ASA’s Get With The Guidelines® program for implementing excellent care for stroke patients, according to evidence-based guidelines. Mission Hospital achieved scores of 85 percent or higher in adherence to all the Get With The Guidelines® Stroke Performance Achievement Indicators for two or more consecutive 12-month intervals. Additionally, the stroke program achieved a 75 percent or higher compliance with six of the 10 Get With The Guidelines® Stroke Quality Measures, which are reporting initiatives to measure quality of care. These measures include aggressive use of treatments such as tPA, anti-thrombotics, anti-coagulation therapy, cholesterol-reducing drugs and smoking cessation advice or medication – all of which are aimed at reducing death and disability and improving outcomes for stroke patients.

“This recognition is a great honor for our stroke program, and it is a direct reflection of the hardworking physicians, nurses and staff who strive to provide high-quality care to our stroke patients,” said Jonathan Bailey, Vice President of Operations at Mission Health. “Our team is dedicated to offering the latest technologies and procedures as it relates to stroke care. We also place a high emphasis on prevention and educating the community on stroke awareness and warning signs. All of these initiatives are steps Mission Hospital is taking to become a premier center for stroke treatment.”

Mission Hospital was named to the Target: Stroke Honor Roll by achieving a time of 60 minutes or less between the time an ischemic stroke patient enters the facility to the time they received thrombolytic therapy. This rate of response is achieved by implementing evidence-based strategies, clinical-decision support, measurement tools and other resources.

“As the region’s primary stroke center, our program aspires to get each and every patient to the desired outcome through innovation and quality efforts,” said Alex Schneider, MD, Medical Director of the Mission Hospital Stroke Program. “Each stroke patient presents a different challenge, but with any stroke patient we know time lost is brain lost. Our team has implemented protocols and best practices to quicken the process and get each patient the proper care needed to ultimately achieve the best possible outcome. I am honored to work with this dedicated group of professionals, and this award shows our commitment to the community of western North Carolina.”

About Mission Hospital

Mission Hospital, the flagship hospital of Mission Health, is a not-for-profit hospital that serves as the regional referral center for tertiary and quaternary care in western North Carolina and the adjoining region. Mission Hospital is the busiest surgical hospital in North Carolina and houses the region’s only dedicated Level II trauma center. Mission Hospital has seven Centers of Excellence: cardiology, pediatrics, orthopedics, oncology, women’s services, neurology and trauma. In 2012 Thomson Reuters named Mission Hospital as a Top 100 Hospital for the fourth consecutive year, and Professional Research Consultants ranked Mission Hospital in the top 15% nationally in patient satisfaction. Mission Hospital is licensed for 730 beds and employs more than 6,500 people, including over 1,800 RNs, and is the region’s only Children’s Hospital. Mission Hospital is committed to serving its community and improving the health and wellness of the people of western North Carolina.


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