Wesley Healthcare
June 05, 2017

WICHITA – Wesley Healthcare has received the Get With the Guidelines – Stroke Gold-Plus Quality Achievement Award for the excellent treatment of its stroke patients for the fourth consecutive year.

The award specifically recognizes Wesley for implementing certain quality improvement measures outlined by the American Heart Association/American Stroke Association for the treatment of stroke patients.

“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 indictors and by achieving at least 75 percent or greater compliance with five out of eight stroke quality measures during that same time period.  Measurement indicators include aggressive use of medications and smoking cessation education.

According to the American Heart Association/American Stroke Association, stroke is the fifth cause of death and a leading cause of adult disability in the United States. On average, someone suffers a stroke every 50 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 recognized Wesley for its commitment to stroke care,” said Paul Heidenreich, MD, 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 three million patients since 2003, officials said.