Mercy Health Saint Mary’s Receives Get With The Guidelines Stroke Gold Plus Quality Award for Sixth Year in a Row

GWTGSaint Mary’s also received recognition for quick intervention protocols that reduce death and disability from stroke

For the sixth consecutive year, Mercy Health Saint Mary’s, a member of Trinity Health, has received the Get With The Guidelines Stroke Gold Plus Quality Award. It has also received the Target: Stroke Honor Roll Elite Plus Award and the Advanced Therapy Award.

Gold Plus recognition is the highest award offered by AHA/ASA for stroke care and acknowledges Mercy Health Saint Mary’s commitment to ensuring stroke patients receive the most appropriate treatment according to nationally recognized, research-based guidelines based on the latest scientific evidence.

Mercy Health Saint Mary’s earned the Gold Plus award by meeting specific quality achievement measures for the diagnosis and treatment of stroke patients at a set level for a designated period. These measures include evaluation of the proper use of medications and other stroke treatments aligned with the most up-to-date, evidence-based guidelines with the goal of speeding recovery and reducing death and disability for stroke patients.  Before discharge, patients also receive education on managing their health, get a follow-up visit scheduled, as well as other transition of care interventions.

To qualify for AHA/ASA’s Target: Stroke Honor Roll Elite Plus Award, Mercy Health Saint Mary’s met quality measures developed to reduce the time between the patient’s arrival at the hospital and treatment with the clot-buster tissue plasminogen activator, or tPA, the only drug approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration to treat ischemic stroke.

Mercy Health Saint Mary’s was also recognized with the new Advanced Therapy Award, for its inclusion of endovascular therapy, which leads to faster, more complete reperfusion – or the restoring the flow of blood to an organ or tissue, typically after a heart attack or stroke – for certain patients and is considered a mainstay of stroke care.

To qualify for this award, hospitals must have met door-to-device times in at least 50 percent of applicable patients within 90 minutes for direct arriving and within 60 minutes for transfers.

“Mercy Health Saint Mary’s is dedicated to continuous improvement in our response to stroke, with a goal of delivering the highest quality care possible for patients,” said Dr. Herman Sullivan, executive medical director, Mercy Health Hauenstein Neurosciences. “That we are the only hospital in Michigan to receive Gold Plus recognition for six consecutive years demonstrates our experience and ability to intervene quickly to greatly reduce the likelihood of death and disability from stroke. This gives our patients the best chance possible at a full recovery. Our ability to extend this care to the citizens of Muskegon and Holland through transfer of appropriate patients for neuro-interventional treatment of thrombectomy, reiterates our commitment to the whole of West Michigan.”

St. Joseph Mercy Ann Arbor, St. Joseph Mercy Oakland and St. Mary Mercy Livonia, Mercy Health Saint Mary’s sister hospitals and also part of Trinity Health Michigan, also received the Get With The Guidelines Stroke Gold Plus Quality Award and the Target: Stroke Honor Roll Elite Plus Award.

According to the American Heart Association/American Stroke Association, stroke is the No. 5 cause of death and a leading cause of adult disability in the United States.  On average, someone in the United States suffers a stroke every 40 seconds and nearly 795,000 people suffer a new or recurrent stroke each year.

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