Four Bon Secours Hampton Roads hospitals have received awards from the American Heart Association & American Stroke Association (AHA/ASA)’s prestigious Get With The Guidelines program. Get with The Guidelines recognizes a hospital’s commitment to ensuring that stroke patients receive the most appropriate treatment according to nationally recognized, research-based guidelines based on the latest scientific evidence.
The following Bon Secours hospitals earned these awards by meeting specific quality achievement measures for the diagnosis and treatment of stroke patients at a set level for a designated period. These measures include evaluation of the proper use of medications and other stroke treatments aligned with the most up-to-date, evidence-based guidelines with the goal of speeding recovery and reducing death and disability for stroke patients.
- Bon Secours DePaul Medical Center earned the Get with the Guidelines-Stroke Gold Plus Award and the Target: Stroke Honor Roll Elite Plus award. In addition, DePaul Medical Center received the Get with the Guidelines-Atrial Fibrillation Gold Award.
- Bon Secours Maryview Medical Center received the Get with the Guidelines-Stroke Gold Plus Award and Target: Stroke Honor Roll Elite award. In addition, Maryview Medical Center received the Target: Type 2 Diabetes Honor Roll Award.
- Bon Secours Mary Immaculate Hospital earned the Get with the Guidelines-Stroke Gold Plus Award and the Target: Type 2 Diabetes Honor Roll Award.
- Bon Secours - Southampton Medical Center received the Get with the Guidelines-Heart Failure Silver Plus Award with Target: Heart Failure Honor Roll.
“We are pleased to recognize Bon Secours for their commitment to stroke care,” said Lee H. Schwamm, M.D., national chairperson of the Quality Oversight Committee and Executive Vice Chair of Neurology, Director of Acute Stroke Services, Massachusetts General Hospital, Boston, Massachusetts. “Research has shown that hospitals adhering to clinical measures through the Get With The Guidelines quality improvement initiative can often see fewer readmissions and lower mortality rates.”
According to the AHA/ASA, 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 and nearly 795,000 people suffer a new or recurrent stroke each year.