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Published on November 12, 2018

Abington Hospital - Jefferson Health Receives Get With The Guidelines® Stroke Gold Plus Quality Achievement Award

American Heart Association Award recognizes Abington Hospital – Jefferson Health’s commitment to quality stroke care

Abington, November 12, 2018 - Abington Hospital – Jefferson Health has received the American Heart Association/American Stroke Association’s Get With The Guidelines® Stroke Gold Plus Quality Achievement Award. The award recognizes 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.

Abington Hospital earned the award by meeting specific quality achievement measures for the diagnosis and treatment of stroke patients at a set level for a designated period. These measures include evaluation of the proper use of medications and other stroke treatments aligned with the most up-to-date, evidence-based guidelines with the goal of speeding recovery and reducing death and disability for stroke patients. Before discharge, patients should also receive education on managing their health, have a follow-up visit scheduled, as well as other care transition interventions.

“Abington Hospital is dedicated to improving the quality of care for our stroke patients by implementing the American Heart Association’s Get With The Guidelines-Stroke initiative,” said Dan J. Gzesh, MD, chief, Neurology and director, Diamond Stroke Center, Abington – Jefferson Health. “The tools and resources provided help us track and measure our success in meeting evidenced-based clinical guidelines developed to improve patient outcomes.”

Abington Hospital additionally received the association’s StrokeSM Elite Plus 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.

“We are pleased to recognize Abington Hospital 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 can 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.

About Abington – Jefferson Health

Abington – Jefferson Health includes Abington Hospital in Abington and Abington – Lansdale Hospital in Hatfield Township, six outpatient medical campuses located in suburban Philadelphia (Willow Grove, Warminster, Blue Bell, Lower Gwynedd, Montgomeryville and Elkins Park), and two Urgent Care Centers located in Flourtown and Willow Grove.   These convenient facilities, along with 50 community-based physician practices, offer high-quality healthcare services close to home for residents of Montgomery, Bucks and Philadelphia counties. More than 1,400 physicians are on staff at both hospitals, and together with nurses, other healthcare providers and numerous support staff, are dedicated to reimagining health, education and discovery to create unparalleled value. Abington – Jefferson Health is an integral part of Jefferson Health, an organization whose mission is to improve lives.

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 tools and resources to increase adherence to 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 6 million patients since 2001. For more information, visit heart.org.

Contact:

Emily Winshel
215-481-2300
emily.winshel@jefferson.edu

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