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Get With The Guidelines – Stroke Gold Plus Quality and Target: Stroke Honor Roll Achievement Award Received by Osceola Regional Medical Center

October 09, 2012

Award demonstrates Osceola Regional Medical Center’s commitment to quality care for stroke patients

Kissimmee, FL – Osceola Regional Medical Center has received the American Heart Association/American Stroke Association’s Get With The Guidelines®-Stroke Gold Plus Quality Achievement Award.  The award recognizes Osceola Regional Medical Center’s commitment and success in implementing excellent care for stroke patients, according to evidence-based guidelines.  It is the highest achievement award given to stroke center.

In addition to the Get With The Guideline-Stroke award, Osceola Regional Medical Center has also been recognized as a recipient of the association’s Target: Stroke Honor Roll, for improving stroke care - award which has only been given to only 14 hospitals in the State of Florida. 

To receive the Gold Plus Achievement award, Osceola Regional Medical Center achieved 85 percent or higher adherence to all Get With The Guidelines-Stroke Quality Achievement indicators for two or more consecutive 12-month intervals and achieved 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 antithrombotics, anticoagulation therapy, deep vein thrombosis prophylaxis, cholesterol reducing drugs and smoking cessation, all aimed at reducing death and disability and improving the lives of stroke patients. We are pleased to report that our measures are among the highest in the nation.

In order to receive the Target Stroke Honor Roll recognition, at least 50 percent of the hospital’s eligible ischemic stroke patients have to receive the tissue plasminogen activator, or tPA, within 60 minutes of arriving at the hospital (known as ‘door-to-needle’ time). A thrombolytic or clot-busting agent, tPA is the only drug approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration for the urgent treatment of ischemic stroke. If given intravenously in the first three hours after the start of stroke symptoms, tPA has been shown to significantly reverse the effects of stroke and reduce permanent disability.  

"With a stroke, time lost is brain lost, and the Get With The Guidelines–Stroke Gold Plus Quality Achievement Award demonstrates Osceola Regional Medical Center’s commitment to being one of the top hospitals in the country for providing aggressive, proven stroke care,” said Brian D. Baxter, MD, FACEP (Fellow of the American College of Emergency Physicians), Emergency Department Medical Director.  “We will continue with our focus on providing care that has been shown in the scientific literature to quickly and efficiently treat stroke patients with evidence-based protocols,” he added.

“Osceola Regional Medical Center is to be commended for its commitment to implementing standards of care and protocols for treating stroke patients,” said Lee H. Schwamm, M.D., chair of the Get With The Guidelines National Steering Committee and director of the TeleStroke and Acute Stroke Services at Massachusetts General Hospital in Boston. “The full implementation of acute care and secondary prevention recommendations and guidelines is a critical step in saving the lives and improving outcomes of stroke patients.”

“The number of acute ischemic stroke patients eligible for treatment is expected to grow over the next decade due to increasing stroke incidence and a large aging population.  The timing is right,” said Kathryn J. Gillette, Chief Executive Officer of Osceola Regional Medical Center.  “Osceola Regional Medical Center has focused on improving the quality of stroke care for the past three years by implementing and excelling at Get With The Guidelines–Stroke,” she added.