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Bon Secours St. Francis Receives Award Recognizing Excellence in Stroke Care

Bon Secours St. Francis Medical Center has received national recognition from the American Heart Association/American Stroke Association for excellence in stroke care. The Get With The Guidelines®-Stroke Gold Plus Quality Achievement Award and Target: Stroke Honor Roll designation are awarded to hospitals that have implemented standards of protocol for treating stroke patients.

To receive the Get With The Guidelines-Stroke Gold Plus Quality Achievement Award, St. Francis achieved 85 percent or higher adherence to all award indicators for two or more consecutive 12-month intervals and achieved 75 percent or higher compliance with six of 10 reporting initiatives to measure quality of care.

These measures include aggressive use of medications, such as antithrombotics, anticoagulation therapy, deep vein thrombosis prophylaxis, cholesterol reducing drugs and smoking cessation, all aimed at reducing death and disability and improving the lives of stroke patients.

In addition to this award, St. Francis Medical Center has also been recognized as a recipient of the Target: Stroke Honor Roll, for improving stroke care. In a three month period, at least 50 percent of the hospital’s eligible ischemic stroke patients have received tissue plasminogen activator, or tPA, within 60 minutes of arriving at the hospital (known as ‘door-to-needle’ time). Since January 1, 2013, SFMC has achieved door-to-needle times of <60 minutes in 80% of eligible stroke cases. A thrombolytic, or clot-busting agent, tPA is the only drug approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration for the urgent treatment of ischemic stroke. If given intravenously in the first three hours after the start of stroke symptoms, tPA has been shown to significantly reverse the effects of stroke and reduce permanent disability.

“These recognitions demonstrate St. Francis Medical Center’s commitment to being one of the top hospitals in the country for providing aggressive, proven stroke care,” said Mark Gordon, CEO, Bon Secours St. Francis Medical Center. “We will continue to provide the best care possible to quickly and efficiently treat stroke patients.”

Through Get With The Guidelines–Stroke, customized patient education materials are made available at the point of discharge, based on patients’ individual risk profiles. The take-away materials are written in an easy-to-understand format and are available in English and Spanish. In addition, the Get With The Guidelines Patient Management Tool gives healthcare providers access to up-to-date cardiovascular and stroke science at the point of care.

“The time is right for St. Francis Medical Center to be focused on improving the quality of stroke care,” said Dr. Timothy J. Shephard, vice president, Neurosciences, Bon Secours Virginia Health System. “The number of acute ischemic stroke patients eligible for treatment is expected to grow over the next decade due to increasing stroke incidence and a large aging population.”

According to the American Stroke Association, stroke is one of the leading causes of death and serious, long-term 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.

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