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Doctors Hospital Earns Silver

January 25, 2012

Augusta, GA - Doctors Hospital’s Center for Primary Stroke Care has again been recognized for its’ commitment to providing a higher standard of care for stroke patients.   Get With The Guidelines® Stroke Silver Plus Performance Award marks the 4th time that Doctors Hospital has received recognition for stroke care by The American Heart Association/American Stroke Association.    

“This award is an important validation of the quality care we provide to our community each and every day in the area of stroke treatment,” says Doug Welch, Chief Executive Officer of Doctors Hospital.  “We consistently demonstrate that providing great care can change lives and have a lasting impact.” 

According to the American Heart Association/American Stroke Association, stroke is one of the leading causes of death in the United States and a leading cause of serious, long-term disability.  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.

Hospitals receiving the Get With The Guidelines® Silver Plus Performance Award have reached an aggressive goal of treating stroke patients over 12 consecutive months with 85 percent or higher compliance to core standards of care as outlined by The American Heart Association/American Stroke Association.  In addition, the award recognizes 75 percent compliance in achieving six out of ten Get With The Guidelines® Stroke Quality Measures during that same time period.   These quality measures include aggressive use of medications to prevent blood clots, cholesterol reducing drugs and smoking cessation education, all which are aimed at reducing death, disability and improving the lives of stroke patients.  

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 on Get With The Guidelines® visit www.americanheart.org/getwiththeguidelines.

Doctors Hospital has been a Joint Commission Certified Primary Stroke Center since 2006.

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