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Our Lady of Lourdes Medical Center Receives Get With The Guidelines Gold Plus Performance Achievement Award

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

(Camden, NJ)Our Lady of Lourdes Medical Center has received the 2009 American Heart Association/American Stroke Association’s Get With The Guidelines Stroke Gold Plus Performance Achievement Award. The award recognizes Lourdes’ commitment and success in implementing excellent care for stroke patients, according to evidence-based guidelines. Get With The Guidelines (GWTG) is a quality improvement program that helps ensure hospitals’ treatment of coronary artery disease, heart failure and stroke is aligned with the most current scientific guidelines and evidence-based therapies. The Stroke Gold Plus Performance Achievement Award is conferred on hospitals that achieved 85 percent or higher adherence to all GWTG-Stroke performance measures for two or more consecutive 12-month intervals and achieved 75 percent or higher compliance with six of 10 GTWG initiatives that measure quality of stroke care.

“With a stroke, time lost is brain lost, and Lourdes is committed to being one of the top hospitals in the country for providing aggressive, proven stroke care,” said Lisa A. Shultz, MD, chief of neurology and medical director of the Lourdes Stroke Center. “We will continue with our focus on providing care that has been shown in the scientific literature to quickly and efficiently treat stroke patients with evidence-based protocols.”

Those measures include aggressive use of medications, such as tPA, antithrombotics, anticoagulation therapy, DVT prophylaxis, cholesterol reducing drugs and smoking cessation, all aimed at reducing death and disability and improving the lives of stroke patients.

GWTG Stroke uses the “teachable moment,” the time soon after a patient has had a stroke, when they are most likely to listen to and follow their healthcare professionals’ guidance. Studies demonstrate that 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 GWTG 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 and are available in English and Spanish.

The Stroke Program at Lourdes is nationally recognized and has received a five-star rating for seven consecutive years from HealthGrades, a leading independent quality-rating organization. In addition, the program received HealthGrades’ 2008 Stroke Care Excellence Award and has been designated by the New Jersey Department of Health and Senior Services as a Primary Stroke Center.


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