Baylor in Grapevine receives awards for heart, stroke care

11/18/2013 3:02 PM

11/18/2013 3:03 PM

Baylor Regional Medical Center at Grapevine was recently given two national awards for its heart and stroke programs.

The first was the Get With The Guidelines–Heart Failure Gold Quality Achievement Award from the American Heart Association/American College of Cardiology.

The second was the Get With The Guidelines–Stroke Gold Plus Quality Achievement Award from the American Heart Association/American Stroke Association.

Get With The Guidelines is the American Heart Association/American Stroke Association’s hospital-based quality improvement program that, according to its organization, empowers healthcare teams to save lives and reduce healthcare costs by helping hospitals follow evidence-based guidelines and recommendations.

“These national recognitions are a testament to the great work of our team in providing quality, evidenced-based care to heart failure and stroke patients,” Steve Newton, president of the West Region at Baylor Health Care System, said in a news release.

According to the release, the heart failure award signifies that Baylor Grapevine reached an aggressive goal of treating heart failure patients according to the guidelines of care recommended by the American Heart Association/American College of Cardiology.

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

According to the American Heart Association, about 5.7 million people suffer from heart failure. However, according to Baylor, many patients can lead a full, enjoyable life when their condition is managed with proper medications and devices and with healthy lifestyle changes.

Baylor Grapevine said the stroke award recognizes Baylor Grapevine’s commitment in caring for stroke patients. Baylor Grapevine achieved 85 percent or higher adherence to all Get With The Guidelines-Stroke Quality 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.

Baylor Grapevine, a full-service, fully-accredited not-for-profit hospital, also has been recognized as a recipient of the American Stroke Association’s Target: Stroke Honor Roll, for improving stroke care.

“Baylor Grapevine is to be commended for its commitment to implementing care guidelines and protocols for treating stroke patients,” Schwamm said. “The full implementation of acute care and secondary prevention recommendations and guidelines is a critical step in saving the lives and improving outcomes of stroke patients.”

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, statistics show.

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