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August 15, 2012

Tallahassee, FL - The American Heart Association/American Stroke Association has awarded Capital Regional Medical Center with a Get With The Guidelines® Stroke Gold Plus Quality Achievement Award.  The award recognizes Capital Regional’s commitment and success in implementing excellent care for stroke patients, according to evidence-based guidelines.  

To earn the award, Capital Regional achieved 85 percent or higher adherence to all Get With The Guidelines-Stroke Quality Achievement indicators for two or more consecutive 12-month intervals and achieved 75 percent or higher compliance with six of 10 Get With The Guidelines-Stroke Quality Measures, which are reporting initiatives to measure quality of care.  These measures include appropriate and timely 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.            

“It is imperative that Capital Regional is in the forefront of performance improvement and raising standards in the delivery of healthcare services,” said Brian Cook, President & CEO.  “So, while we appreciate this important achievement, the patients and community we serve can be assured that we will not relent in our pursuit to continue to lead the way in providing high-quality, standard-setting healthcare.”

According to the American Heart Association/American Stroke Association, stroke is the fourth-leading cause of death in the United States and a leading cause of serious, long-term disability.  On average, someone suffers a stroke every 45 seconds; someone dies of a stroke every three minutes; and 795,000 people suffer a new or recurrent stroke each year.  Recognizable symptoms of stroke include:

Sudden numbness or weakness of face, arm or leg, especially on one side of the body;

Sudden confusion or trouble speaking or understanding speech;

Sudden trouble seeing in one or both eyes;

Sudden trouble walking, dizziness, or loss of balance or coordination;

Sudden severe headache with no known cause.

Get With The Guidelines–Stroke uses the “teachable moment,” the time soon after a patient has had a stroke, when they are most likely to listen to and follow their healthcare professionals’ guidance.  Studies demonstrate that patients who are taught how to manage their risk factors while still in the hospital reduce their risk of a second heart attack or stroke.  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 information at the point of care.

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