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WakeMed Health & Hospitals Honored for Quality Care by American Heart Association/American Stroke Association
Date
05/27/2014
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WakeMed Raleigh Campus & Cary Hospital achieve top honors for stroke care, heart failure

RALEIGH, N.C. (May 27, 2014) – WakeMed Health & Hospitals is proud to once again receive recognition from the American Heart Association and the American Stroke Association through their coveted Get With The Guidelines® (GWTG) awards. Both WakeMed Raleigh Campus and WakeMed Cary Hospital achieved top honors for success in implementing a higher standard of care for stroke and heart failure patients.

Get With The Guidelines – Stroke Gold Plus Achievement, Honor Roll Awards
Home to two Joint Commission-certified Primary Stroke Centers, WakeMed received the highest honors for the quality care we provide to stroke patients. WakeMed Cary Hospital and WakeMed Raleigh Campus received 2014 Gold Plus and Honor Roll awards from the American Heart Association/American Stroke Association.

According to the American Heart Association/American Stroke Association, someone in the U.S. suffers a stroke every 40 seconds. Just in North Carolina – part of the nation’s “Stroke Belt” – someone is hospitalized every 20 minutes with a stroke.

These awards mean that WakeMed’s 24/7 stroke care team is committed to treating stroke patients as quickly as possible, providing a full continuum of care and improving outcomes after stroke. In fact, at least half of our eligible stroke patients receive t-PA treatment within 60 minutes of arriving at a WakeMed Emergency Department.

Get With The Guidelines - Heart Failure Gold Plus Achievement Award
WakeMed Raleigh Campus and WakeMed Cary Hospital received the Get With The Guidelines®–Heart Failure Gold Plus Achievement Award from the American Heart Association (AHA). The recognition signifies that WakeMed has reached an aggressive goal of treating heart failure patients according to the guidelines of care recommended by the American Heart Association/American College of Cardiology.

Heart failure is a leading cause of hospitalization among adults aged 65 and older. WakeMed has led the way helping patients learn about and manage this chronic condition through its Congestive Heart Failure program. The program, started in 1999, includes monitoring the patient's condition and providing education about the disease, as well as giving them emotional support.

WakeMed Cary Hospital also takes home the American Heart Association’s Mission: Lifeline® Referring Center- SILVER Level Recognition Award. To receive this distinction, WakeMed Cary Hospital consistently followed AHA treatment guidelines for four consecutive quarters, meeting performance standards and measures to ensure STEMI, or heart attack, patients get the right care they need, as quickly as possible. Mission: Lifeline focuses on improving the system of care for these patients and, at the same time, improving care for all heart attack patients.

About WakeMed Health & Hospitals
WakeMed Health & Hospitals is a private, not-for-profit health care organization based in Raleigh, N.C. The 884-bed system comprises a network of health care facilities throughout Wake and Johnston Counties. Centers of excellence include cardiac and vascular care, women’s and children’s services, emergency and trauma, physical rehab and specialization in orthopaedics and neurosciences. Specialty facilities include the WakeMed Heart Center, Children’s Hospital, Women’s Pavilion and Birthplace, Rehabilitation Hospital, Adult and Children’s Emergency Departments and a Level 1 Trauma Center. Locally based and community owned, WakeMed exists for the health of the community and is committed to a variety of health and wellness improvement programs. WakeMed’s team of more than 8,300 employees, 1,500 volunteers, more than 1,200 affiliated physicians, and 255 physicians employed by WakeMed Physician Practices serve the residents of North Carolina using the most advanced technologies to ensure the finest in health care. For more information, visit www.wakemed.org.

About Get With The Guidelines
Get With The Guidelines® is the American Heart Association/American Stroke Association’s hospital-based quality improvement program that empowers healthcare teams to save lives and reduce healthcare costs by helping hospitals follow evidence-based guidelines and recommendations. For more information, visit heart.org/quality.