Geisinger Holy Spirit maintains Get With The Guidelines-Stroke Gold Plus Quality Achievement Award

S. Ecenbarger
Wednesday, April 4, 2018

CAMP HILL – Geisinger Holy Spirit has once again received the American Heart Association/American Stroke Association’s Get With The Guidelines-Stroke Gold Plus Quality Achievement Award. The award recognizes the hospital’s commitment and success in ensuring stroke patients receive the most appropriate treatment according to nationally recognized, research-based guidelines.

To receive the Gold Plus Quality Achievement Award, hospitals must achieve 85 percent or higher adherence to all Get With The Guidelines-Stroke achievement indicators for two or more consecutive 12-month periods, and achieve 75 percent or higher compliance with five of eight Get With The Guidelines-Stroke Quality measures.

“This award is a reflection of the hard work of all those who touch our stroke patients, but especially the members of our stroke committee for their ongoing dedication to excellence,” said Joseph Torchia, M.D., chief medical officer at Geisinger Holy Spirit.

“Geisinger Holy Spirit is dedicated to providing reliable, evidence-based care to our stroke population,” said Maryann M. Brogden-Brandt, RN, stroke coordinator. “We have maintained a high level of care by following a collaborative team approach, focusing on patient care from admission to discharge.”

The quality measures are designed to help hospital teams provide the most up-to-date, evidence-based care with the goal of speeding recovery and reducing death and disability for stroke patients. They focus on appropriate use of guideline-based care for stroke patients, including aggressive use of medications such as clot-busting and anti-clotting drugs, blood thinners and cholesterol-reducing drugs, preventive action for deep vein thrombosis and smoking cessation counseling.

Geisinger Holy Spirit is also certified as an Advanced Primary Stroke Center by The Joint Commission, in conjunction with The American Heart Association/American Stroke Association.

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.