WICHITA – Wesley Medical Center has again 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. This is the third consecutive year Wesley has received the Gold-Plus designation.
“A stroke patient loses 1.9 million neurons each minute stroke treatment is delayed,” said Cindy Murphy, Wesley’s stroke program coordinator. “This recognition further demonstrates our staff’s commitment to delivering advanced stroke treatments to patients quickly and safely.”
The Get With The Guidelines – Stroke program 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 five out of eight stroke quality measures during that same period of time. Measurement indicators include aggressive use of medications and smoking cessation education.
According to the American Heart Association/American Stroke Association, stroke is the number five 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 800,000 people suffer a new or recurrent stroke each year.
“The American Heart Association and American Stroke Association recognize Wesley for its commitment to stroke care,” said Paul Heidenreich, M.D., M.S., national chairman of the Get With The Guidelines Steering Committee and Professor of Medicine at Stanford University. “Research has shown there are benefits to patients who are treated at hospitals that have adopted the Get With The Guidelines program.”
Get With The Guidelines puts the expertise of the American Heart Association and American Stroke Association to work for hospitals nationwide, helping hospital care teams ensure the care provided to patients is aligned with the latest research-based guidelines. Developed with the goal to save lives and improve recovery time, Get With The Guidelines has impacted more than 3 million patients since 2003.
For more information about Wesley Medical Center and its stroke services, please visit www.wesleymc.com.
Wesley Healthcare 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 in national surveys, Wesley Medical Center 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, Wesley Woodlawn ER, the region’s only pediatric ER and soon, Wesley Derby ER. Wesley owns and operates Wesley Medical Center, Wesley Woodlawn Hospital & ER, multiple WesleyCare clinics and is currently building the region’s only dedicated children’s hospital – Wesley Children’s Hospital. To learn more about Wesley Healthcare, please visit www.wesleymc.com.