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DeTar Healthcare System receives award for stroke care

By Victoria Advocate
May 6, 2014 at 12:06 a.m.


DeTar Healthcare System received the Get With The Guidelines-Stroke Gold-Plus Quality Achievement Award.

DeTar earned the award by meeting quality achievement measures outlined by the American Heart Association and American Stroke Association.

The quality improvement measures help the hospital's team provide the most up-to-date, research-based guidelines with the goal of speeding recovery and reducing death and disability for stroke patients.

"With this award, our hospital demonstrates our commitment to ensure that our patients receive care based on internationally respected clinical guidelines," said William R. Blanchard, chief executive officer.

The measures include aggressive use of medications and risk-reduction therapies.

"Studies have shown that hospitals that consistently follow Get With The Guidelines quality improvement measures can reduce patients' length of stays and 30-day readmission rates and reduce disparity gaps in care," said Dr. Deepak L. Bhatt, national chairman of the Get With The Guidelines steering committee, executive director of Interventional Cardiovascular Programs at Brigham and Women's Hospital and professor of medicine at Harvard Medical School.

Stroke is the No. 4 cause of death and a leading cause of adult disability in the United States, according to the American Heart and American Stroke Associations.

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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