McLeod receives Get With The Guidelines-Stroke Gold Award

: Vicky Pigate, Stroke Program Coordinator, Interim Director McLeod Stroke Unit Teresa Anderson, McLeod Vice President Patient Services Dr. William Boulware, Chairman of the McLeod Clinical Effectiveness Stroke Committee Dr. Timothy Hagen, McLeod Hospital Neurologist



Florence, SC – McLeod Regional Medical Center has received the American Heart Association/American Stroke Association’s Get With The Guidelines®-Stroke Gold Plus Quality Achievement Award with Target: StrokeSM Honor Roll. The award recognizes the hospital’s commitment and success ensuring that stroke patients receive the most appropriate treatment according to nationally recognized, research-based guidelines based on the latest scientific evidence.

“Stroke is the leading cause of disability in the United States and fourth leading cause of death,” said Dr. William Boulware, Chairman of the McLeod Clinical Effectiveness Stroke Committee. “One third of all patients have their first stroke prior to age 65. This is why the exceptional stroke care we provide for our patients, and improving the care overall for our community is so crucial.”

To receive the Gold Plus Quality Achievement Award, hospitals must achieve 85 percent or higher adherence to all Get With The Guidelines-Stroke achievement indicators for two or more consecutive 12-month periods and achieved 75 percent or higher compliance with five of eight Get With The Guidelines-Stroke Quality measures.

To qualify for the Target: Stroke Honor Roll, 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. If given intravenously in the first three hours after the start of stroke symptoms, tPA has been shown to significantly reduce the effects of stroke and lessen the chance of permanent disability. McLeod 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.

“With a stroke, time lost is brain lost, and this award demonstrates our commitment to ensuring patients receive care based on nationally-respected clinical guidelines,” said Dr. Boulware.  “McLeod is dedicated to improving the quality of stroke care and the Get With The Guidelines-Stroke helps us achieve that goal.”

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.

-This information is from the above Press Release.

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