Wesley Healthcare May 11, 2015

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

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 second consecutive year Wesley has received the Gold-Plus designation.

“With a stroke, time lost is brain lost, and this award demonstrates our commitment to ensuring patients receive the fastest care possible based on nationally-respected clinical guidelines,” said Deb Free, Wesley’s stroke program coordinator. “It takes a great number of people and a great deal of coordination to ensure these processes are in place, but we know it’s in the best interests of our patients to do so.”

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.

“We are pleased to recognize Wesley for their commitment to stroke care,” said Dr. Deepak Bhatt, national chairman of the Get With The Guidelines steering committee and Professor of Medicine at Harvard Medical School. “Studies have shown that hospitals that consistently follow Get With The Guidelines quality improvement measures can reduce length of stay and 30-day readmission rates, as well as reduce disparities in care.”

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 795,000 people suffer a new or recurrent stroke each year.

For providers, Get With The Guidelines – Stroke offers quality-improvement measures, discharge protocols, standing orders and other measurement tools. Providing hospitals with resources and information that make it easier to follow treatment guidelines can help save lives and ultimately reduce overall healthcare costs by lowering readmission rates for stroke patients.

For patients, Get With The Guidelines – Stroke uses the “teachable moment,” the time soon after a patient has had a stroke, when they learn how to manage their risk factors while still in the hospital and recognize the F.A.S.T. warning signs of a stroke.

“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 in national surveys, 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, Galichia ER and the region’s only pediatric ER. Wesley owns and operates Galichia Heart Hospital and multiple WesleyCare clinics, and it recently announced plans to build a dedicated children’s hospital. To learn more about Wesley Medical Center, please visit www.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 5 million patients since 2001. For more information, visit heart.org/qualityor heart.org/QualityMap.