(May 26, 2016) —Anne Arundel Medical Center received the Stroke Gold Plus Achievement Award from the American Heart Association/American Stroke Association (AHA)—the highest award given to stroke programs nationally.
The recognition is part of the AHA’s “Get with the Guidelines” program for improving stroke care by promoting consistent adherence to the latest scientific treatment guidelines. This award recognizes 85% compliance with seven achievement measures for 24 consecutive months or more, and 75% compliance with five or more quality measures for 12 consecutive months.
For stroke patients, quick actions save lives and reduce long-term disabilities. The stroke team at AAMC is trained to identify stroke symptoms early, so patients are treated efficiently and effectively, and given the best chances for recovery.
In addition to the Gold Plus award, AHA awarded AAMC with the “Stroke Honor Roll Elite Plus” status for administering clot busting therapy within 60 minutes in 75-percent or more of ischemic stroke patients and achieving a door-to-needle time of 45 minutes or less in 50-percent of acute ischemic stroke patients.
Most hospitals that implement “Get With The Guidelines” see measurable results, including improved patient outcomes and fewer recurring event.
To learn more about AAMC’s Stroke Center visit, www.aahs.org/stroke.