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San Jacinto Methodist earns stroke award for three consecutive years

Baytown, TX - 5/30/2013

San Jacinto Methodist Hospital has received the Get With The Guidelines®–Stroke Gold Plus Quality Achievement Award from the American Heart Association/American Stroke Association. The award recognizes the hospital’s commitment and success in implementing a higher standard of care by ensuring that stroke patients receive treatment according to nationally accepted guidelines.

This marks the third consecutive year that San Jacinto Methodist has been recognized with the Stroke Gold Plus quality achievement award. San Jacinto Methodist is the only hospital in the Bay Area, and one of only two hospitals in the greater Houston area, to have received three consecutive Stroke Gold Plus awards (as of May 29, 2013).

Members of the hospital’s Stroke Certification Committee accept the Get With The Guidelines Stroke Gold Plus Award. Team members include (top row, from left): Terri Hall; Bruce Kennedy, M.D.; Loida Guillen, RN; Robert Bain, RN; (front row, from left): Dorothy Terry, RN; JonAnn Watson, RN; Pauline Fivecoat, RN; Sharon Tatum, RN; Stephanie George, RN.

Get With The Guidelines–Stroke helps San Jacinto Methodist’s staff develop and implement acute and secondary prevention guideline processes to improve patient care and outcomes. The program provides hospitals with a web-based patient management tool, best practice discharge protocols and standing orders, along with a robust registry and real-time benchmarking capabilities to track performance.

The quick and efficient use of guideline procedures can improve the quality of care for stroke patients and may reduce disability and save lives.

“Recent studies show that patients treated in hospitals participating in the American Heart Association’s Get With The Guidelines-Stroke program receive a higher quality of care and may experience better outcomes,” said Lee H. Schwamm, M.D., chair of the Get With The Guidelines National Steering Committee and director of the TeleStroke and Acute Stroke Services at Massachusetts General Hospital in Boston, Mass. “San Jacinto Methodist’s team is to be commended for their commitment to improving the care of their patients.”

Following Get With The Guidelines-Stroke treatment guidelines, patients are started on aggressive risk-reduction therapies including the use of medications such as tPA, antithrombotics and anticoagulation therapy, along with cholesterol reducing drugs and smoking cessation counseling. These are all aimed at reducing death and disability and improving the lives of stroke patients. Hospitals must adhere to these measures at a set level for a designated period of time to be eligible for the achievement awards.

“San Jacinto Methodist is dedicated to making our care for stroke patients among the best in the country. The American Heart Association’s Get With The Guidelines–Stroke program helps us to accomplish this goal,” said Donna Gares, president and CEO. “This recognition demonstrates that we are on the right track and we’re very proud of our team.”

According to the American Heart Association/American Stroke Association, stroke is one of the leading causes of death and serious, long-term 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.

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