WakeMed News Releases

April 5, 2011
RALEIGH, N.C. (April 5, 2011) – WakeMed Health & Hospitals Joint Commission Certified Primary Stroke Care Centers on the Raleigh Campus and at Cary Hospital have both been honored with quality awards from the American Heart Association/American Stroke Association. WakeMed Raleigh Campus and WakeMed Cary Hospital feature the only certified Stroke Centers in Wake County.

WakeMed Raleigh Campus received the American Heart Association/American Stroke Association’s Get With The Guidelines®-Stroke Gold Performance Achievement and Gold Plus Quality Achievement Awards. WakeMed Cary Hospital received the American Heart Association/American Stroke Association’s Get With The Guidelines®-Stroke Silver Performance Achievement Award.

“When asked about organizations in our region that have a good approach to stroke care, I always hold the WakeMed Stroke Centers up as prime examples,” commented Ronald Cromartie, FAHA, senior quality consultant quality improvement initiatives, American Heart Association/ American Stroke Association.

Cromartie continued, “These awards mean a lot because they demonstrate that a true team approach is taken toward stroke care at WakeMed. It takes staff in the emergency department, imaging, pathology lab, cath lab, nursing, and acute rehab staff to work together to ensure patients have the best possible outcome.”

The awards recognize the hospitals’ commitment and success in implementing excellent, timely care for stroke patients, according to evidence-based guidelines. To receive the awards, hospitals must achieve 85 percent or higher adherence to all Get With The Guidelines-Stroke Quality Achievement indicators for set intervals and achieve 75 percent or higher compliance with six of 10 Get With The Guidelines-Stroke Quality Measures, which are reporting initiatives to measure quality of care.

These measures include aggressive use of medications, such as t-PA, 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.

WakeMed Raleigh Campus, which was certified as a Stroke Center in 2006, received the Gold and Gold Plus Awards for exceptional performance for 24 months. WakeMed Cary Hospital, which became a Certified Stroke Center in 2008, received a Silver Award for exceptional performance for 12 consecutive months.

In 2009, WakeMed Raleigh Campus also opened the region’s only dedicated transient ischemic attack (TIA) center. A TIA is defined by stroke-like symptoms which often last less than one hour. A TIA causes no lasting damage, but it is often a warning sign that a future serious stroke will occur. The American Stroke Association indicates that recognizing and treating TIAs can reduce a patient’s risk of a major stroke and significantly improve patient outcomes.

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.

About WakeMed Health & Hospitals
WakeMed Health & Hospitals is a private, not-for-profit health care organization based in Raleigh, N.C. The 870-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, physical rehab, emergency and trauma, orthopedics, neurosciences, home care and numerous wellness and community outreach programs. WakeMed’s team of 7,750 employees, 1,000 volunteers and more than 1,000 affiliated physicians 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.

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