Wesley Healthcare
May 05, 2014

Award demonstrates Wesley’s commitment to quality care for stroke patients

WICHITA – Wesley Medical Center has received the Get With The Guidelines® – Stroke Gold-Plus Quality Achievement Award for implementing specific quality improvement measures outlined by the American Heart Association/American Stroke Association for the treatment of stroke patients.

The Get With The Guidelines – Stroke helps hospital teams provide the most up-to-date, research-based guidelines with the goal of speeding recovery and reducing death and disability for stroke patients.

Wesley earned the award by achieving a minimum of 24 consecutive months of 85 percent or greater adherence to all Get With the Guidelines – Stroke quality indicators and by achieving at least 75 percent or greater compliance with six out of 10 stroke quality measures during that same period of time. Measurement indicators include aggressive use of medications and smoking cessation education.

“The Get With The Guidelines award demonstrates that our staff is committed to providing care that has been shown in the scientific literature to quickly and efficiently treat stroke patients with evidence-based protocols,” said Deb Free, Wesley’s stroke program coordinator. “We strive to be the expert choice for patients and physicians alike, so it’s important that we follow the best practices demonstrated by the medical community.”

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.

“We are pleased to recognize Wesley for its commitment and dedication to stroke care,” said Deepak Bhatt, MD, national chairman of the Get With The Guidelines steering committee. “Studies have shown 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.”

Get With the Guidelines uses the “teachable moment,” the time soon after a patient has a stroke, when he or she is most likely to listen to and follow healthcare professionals’ guidance. Studies demonstrate patients who are taught how to manage their risk factors while still in the hospital reduce their risk of a second heart attack or stroke.

Through Get With The Guidelines – Stroke, customized patient education materials are made available at the point of discharge, based on patients’ individual risk profiles. The take-away materials are written in an easy-to-understand format.

“The number of acute stroke patients eligible for treatment is expected to grow over the next decade due to increasing stroke incidence and a large aging population,” Free said. “The time is right to be focused on improving the quality of stroke care.”

For more information about Wesley Medical Center’s stroke program, please visit www.wesleymc.com.

Wesley Medical Center is the region’s leading acute care hospital network providing a full range of diagnostic and treatment services for patients throughout Kansas and northern Oklahoma since 1912. As a leader in Overall Recommended Care, Wesley treats more than 24,000 patients annually and delivers more than 6,000 babies – more than any hospital in a 13-state region. Wesley provides the most extensive emergency network in Wichita, with Wesley ER, Wesley West ER and Galichia ER. Wesley owns and operates Galichia Heart Hospital, WESLEYCare Clinics and the Pediatric Center of Kansas. To learn more about Wesley Medical Center, please visit wesleymc.com

Get With The Guidelines

Get With The Guidelines® is the American Heart Association/American Stroke Association’s hospital-based quality improvement program that provides hospitals with the latest research-based guidelines. Developed with the goal of saving lives and hastening recovery, Get With The Guidelines has touched the lives of more than 4 million patients since 2001. For more information, visit heart.org/quality or heart.org/myhealthcare.