November 24, 2010 (La Mesa) — Sharp Grossmont Hospital has been awarded the American Heart Association/American Stroke Association’s "Get With The Guidelines® Gold Plus Performance Achievement Award" for applying evidence-based guidelines in providing the best possible care to stroke patients.
To receive the award, Sharp Grossmont Hospital achieved 85 percent or higher adherence to all Get With The Guidelines-Stroke Performance 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 aggressive use of medications, such as tPA, antithrombotics, anticoagulation therapy, DVT prophylaxis, cholesterol reducing drugs and smoking cessation, all aimed at reducing death and disability and improving the lives of stroke patients.
According to the American Heart Association/American Stroke Association, stroke is the third 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.
Sharp Grossmont is a county-designated treatment center for patients who suffer serious heart attacks – known in medical terms as STEMI, or ST segment elevation myocardial infarction. The hospital was deemed a STEMI center for implementing new cardiac protocols that meet county and national guidelines for treating acute MI patients.
Sharp Grossmont’s stroke center is one of 13 in the county certified by the Joint Commission on Accreditation of Healthcare Organizations (JCAHO). Grossmont is the only hospital with a specific unit dedicated to stroke care, treating nearly 800 stroke patients each year with a team of six stroke-code neurologists on staff.
To learn more about Sharp Grossmont Hospital, visit www.sharp.com/grossmont or call 1-800-82-SHARP (1-800-827-4277).