EMMC Receives National Quality Award For Stroke Care

05/20/2011

Bangor, ME-- The American Heart Association/American Stroke Associationrecently awarded Eastern Maine Medical Center its Get With The Guidelines®-Stroke Gold Plus Quality Achievement Award. The award recognizes EMMC’s commitment and success in implementing excellent care for stroke patients, according to evidence-based guidelines. 

EMMC received this award because it 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. 

These measures include aggressive use of medications, such as tPA, antithrombotics, anticoagulation therapy, deep vein thrombosis (DVT) prophylaxis, cholesterol reducing drugs and smoking cessation, all aimed at reducing death and disability and at improving the lives of stroke patients. One of the elements of this award is the Target Stroke Honor Roll which recognizes hospitals that administer tPA within 60 minutes of arrival at the hospital. For certain patients with ischemic stroke, receiving this medication can be critical to preventing disability. 

“With a stroke, time lost is brain lost, and this recognition demonstrates our commitment to being one of the top hospitals in the country for providing aggressive, proven stroke care,” said Deviyani Mehta, MD, medical director of EMMC’s Stroke Center. “We continue to focus on providing care that has been shown in the scientific literature to quickly and efficiently treat stroke patients with evidence-based protocols. 

“We’re proud to have achieved, and actually exceeded, the compliance requirements for all the processes of care measures set forth by this program,” notes James Raczek, MD, vice president and chief medical officer. “We’re even prouder to have earned Certification from The Joint Commission for our stroke program.” 

For more information about the EMMC Stroke Center, visit our website at: www.emmc.org