• Bassett Medical Center Recognized for Care of Stroke Patients and Good Outcomes

    June 12, 2018

    Bassett Medical Center has received the American Heart Association (AHA)/American Stroke Association’s Get With The Guidelines®-Stroke Gold Plus Achievement Award & Target: Stroke Elite Plus Honor Roll Award. The awards recognize the hospital’s commitment to ensuring stroke patients receive the most appropriate treatment according to nationally recognized, research-based guidelines based on the latest scientific evidence.

    Bassett earned the Stroke Gold Plus Achievement Award by reaching an aggressive goal of treating patients with 85 percent or higher compliance to core standard levels of care as outlined by the American Heart Association/American Stroke Association® for two consecutive calendar years. In addition, the  hospital demonstrated 75 percent compliance with seven out of ten stroke quality measures during the 12-month period.

    Bassett’s Chief of Neurology, Dr. Paul Deringer, says, “This recognition by the AHA is significant and underscores our continued commitment to implementing a higher standard of stroke care. Time plays a vital role in the life of a stroke patient; minutes can mean the difference between life and death. Bassett has a comprehensive system in place for the rapid diagnosis and treatment of stroke patients that includes diagnostic imaging, having specialists available to evaluate patients and using clot-busting medications when appropriate.”

    Bassett also received the association’s Target: StrokeSM Elite Plus Honor Roll Award. To qualify for this recognition, hospitals must meet quality measures developed to reduce the time between the patient’s arrival at the hospital and treatment with the clot-buster tissue plasminogen activator, or tPA, the only drug approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration to treat ischemic stroke.

    Jo-Ann Vass, stroke coordinator for Bassett Medical Center, is responsible for community education related to stroke awareness. She notes, “Studies show patients can recover better when they get treatment quickly and when the AHA guidelines are consistently followed. The care our patients receive is our number one priority, and what really gets us excited is seeing the lives we’re impacting.”

    “We are pleased to recognize Bassett Medical Center for their commitment to stroke care,” said Eric E. Smith, M.D., national chairman of the Get With The Guidelines Steering Committee and an associate professor of neurology at the University of Calgary in Alberta, Canada. “Research has shown that hospitals adhering to clinical measures through the Get With The Guidelines quality improvement initiative often see fewer readmissions and lower mortality rates.”

    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 and nearly 795,000 people suffer a new or recurrent stroke each year.