Tidelands Health hospitals earn national recognition for high-quality stroke care
Tidelands Waccamaw Community Hospital and Tidelands Georgetown Memorial Hospital have earned recognition for their dedication to high-quality stroke care.
The hospitals received Gold Plus Quality Achievement awards through the American Heart Association/American Stroke Association’s Get With The Guidelines-Stroke program. The awards recognize the hospitals’ commitment to providing stroke treatment that meets nationally accepted, evidence-based guidelines.
In addition, the hospitals received the association’s highest recognition – Target: Stroke Elite Plus Honor Roll – for meeting standards meant to reduce the time between a stroke patient’s arrival at the hospital and treatment with the clot-busting medication known as t-PA. The medication has been shown to significantly reduce the effects of stroke and lessen the chance of permanent disability if given intravenously in the first three hours after the start of ischemic stroke symptoms.
“Our medical teams at both hospitals are trained to respond quickly to signs of a stroke – knowing every second counts,” said Brooke Reidel, a stroke certified registered nurse who is the stroke program coordinator at Tidelands Health. “This recognition from the AHA shows that our medical teams at both hospitals are adhering to the strictest standards in stroke care to help ensure the best outcomes for our patients.”
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.
“We are pleased to recognize Tidelands Georgetown Memorial Hospital and Tidelands Waccamaw Community Hospital for their commitment to stroke care,” said Lee. H. Schwamm, MD, national chairman of the Quality Oversight Committee and executive vice chair of neurology at Massachusetts General Hospital. “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.”
Tidelands Georgetown and Tidelands Waccamaw are certified by The Joint Commission as advanced primary stroke centers, a certification that comes after a rigorous review of the hospitals’ practices and procedures.