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Tuesday, November 18, 2014

Franciscan St. Francis Health earns national recognition for stroke treatment

INDIANAPOLIS – Franciscan St. Francis Health has received the Get With The Guidelines Stroke Silver-Plus Quality Achievement Award for implementing specific quality improvement measures outlined by the American Heart Association/American Stroke Association for the treatment of stroke patients.
Get With The Guidelines—Stroke helps hospitals to provide the most up-to-date, research-based guidelines with the goal of speeding recovery and reducing death and disability for stroke patients. The hospital’s neurology and neurosurgery teams earned the award by meeting specific quality achievement measures for the rapid diagnosis and treatment of stroke patients at a set level for a designated period. 

These measures include aggressive use of medications and risk-reduction therapies aimed at reducing death and disability and improving the lives of stroke patients.      
“We are dedicated to improving the quality of stroke care and The American Heart Association/American Stroke Association’s Get With The Guidelines–Stroke award helps us achieve that goal,” said Chris DiGiusto, Neuroscience Service Line Leader at Franciscan St. Francis Health. “This award recognizes our commitment to ensure that our patients receive care based on internationally respected clinical guidelines.”
 “We are pleased to recognize Franciscan St. Francis for its commitment and dedication to stroke care,” said Deepak L. Bhatt, MD, MPH, national chairman of the Get With The Guidelines steering committee and executive director of Interventional Cardiovascular Programs at Brigham and Women's Hospital and professor of medicine at Harvard Medical School.

Get With The Guidelines–Stroke also helps Franciscan St. Francis’ staff implement prevention measures, which include educating stroke patients to manage their risk factors, and to be aware of warning signs for stroke, and ensuring they take their medications properly. Hospitals can make customized patient education materials available upon discharge, based on the patients’ individual risk profiles. The take-away materials are written in an easy-to-understand format in either English or Spanish.        

According to the American Heart Association/American Stroke Association, stroke is the number four cause of death and a leading cause of adult 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.