Honored by The American Heart Association for proven dedication to ensuring all stroke patients have access to life-saving care
DANVILLE, Pa. – Geisinger Medical Center (GMC), Geisinger Wyoming Valley (GWV), Geisinger Community Medical Center (GCMC), Geisinger Lewiston Hospital (GLH) and Geisinger Jersey Shore Hospital have received the American Heart Association’s Gold Plus Get With The Guidelines® - Stroke quality achievement award. This honor recognizes commitment to ensuring stroke patients receive the most appropriate treatment according to nationally recognized, research-based guidelines, ultimately leading to more lives saved and reduced disability.
Stroke is the fifth leading cause of death in the U.S. and a leading cause of disability. A stroke occurs when a blood vessel that carries oxygen and nutrients to the brain is either blocked by a clot or bursts. When that happens, part of the brain cannot get the blood and oxygen it needs, so brain cells die. Early stroke detection and treatment are key to improving survival, minimizing disability and accelerating recovery times.
In addition to all five of Geisinger’s Comprehensive and Primary Stroke Centers being recognized for the Get With The Guidelines® - Stroke Gold Plus award, GMC, GWV and GCMC received the American Heart Association’s Target: Stroke Honor Roll Elite award. To qualify for this recognition, hospitals must meet specific criteria that reduce the time between an eligible patient’s arrival at the hospital and treatment with the clot-buster alteplase. GMC and GWV were also awarded with the American Heart Association’s Target: Stroke Honor Roll Advanced Therapy award by meeting specific criteria that reduce the time between an eligible patient’s arrival at the hospital and treatment to remove the clot causing the stroke.
GLH, GMC and GWV received the American Heart Association’s Target: Type 2 Diabetes Honor Roll award, which aims to ensure patients with Type 2 diabetes, who might be at higher risk for complications, receive the most up-to-date, evidence-based care when hospitalized due to stroke.
“We are honored to receive this prestigious recognition from the American Heart Association,” said Timothy Frymoyer, vice president of Geisinger’s neuroscience institute. “These awards highlight our continuous commitment to stroke care, making better health easier. We strive every day to provide the best care possible to our patients and are proud to stand out as a leader in life-saving stroke care in our communities and beyond.”
Each year, program participants qualify for the award by demonstrating how their organization has committed to providing quality care for stroke patients. In addition to following treatment guidelines, Get With The Guidelines® participants also educate patients to help them manage their health and recovery at home. Geisinger’s hospitals met specific scientific guidelines to be nationally recognized as a Comprehensive or Primary Stroke Center, featuring a comprehensive system for rapid diagnosis and treatment of stroke patients admitted to the emergency department.
About Get With The Guidelines®
Get With The Guidelines® is the American Heart Association/American Stroke Association’s hospital-based quality improvement program that provides hospitals with the latest research-based guidelines. Developed with the goal of saving lives and hastening recovery, Get With The Guidelines has touched the lives of more than 12 million patients since 2001. For more information, visit heart.org.
Geisinger is committed to making better health easier for the more than 1 million people it serves. Founded more than 100 years ago by Abigail Geisinger, the system now includes 10 hospital campuses, a health plan with more than half a million members, a Research Institute and the Geisinger Commonwealth School of Medicine. With nearly 24,000 employees and more than 1,700 employed physicians, Geisinger boosts its hometown economies in Pennsylvania by billions of dollars annually. Learn more at Facebook, Instagram, LinkedIn and Twitter.
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