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Carle Health hospitals recognized for excellence in stroke treatment

Carle Health hospitals recognized for excellence in stroke treatment
Carle Foundation Hospital in Champaign, Carle BroMenn Medical Center in Normal, Carle Health Methodist Hospital in Peoria and Carle Eureka Hospital in Eureka have earned American Heart Association/American Stroke Association Get With The Guidelines® recognitions for ensuring stroke patients receive the most appropriate treatment according to nationally recognized, research-based guidelines.

Carle Health Neurological teams meet the award’s goals to help save lives and reduce disability and reach beyond those metrics offering compassionate and reliable care for the region.

Stroke is the fifth leading cause of death and a leading cause of disability in the United States. A stroke occurs when a blood vessel carrying oxygen and nutrients to the brain is blocked by a clot or bursts. When that happens, part of the brain can’t get the blood and oxygen it needs, so brain cells die. Early stroke detection and treatment are key to improving survival, minimizing disability and accelerating recovery times.

Get With The Guidelines (GWTG) puts the expertise of the American Heart Association and American Stroke Association to work for hospitals nationwide, helping ensure patient care aligns with the latest evidence- and research-based guidelines. GWTG-Stroke is a program for improving stroke care by promoting consistent adherence to these guidelines, which can minimize the long-term effects of a stroke and may prevent death. Studies show patients can recover better when providers consistently follow treatment guidelines.

The Carle Health adherence to Get With The Guidelines mean these hospitals met strict quality achievement measures in the diagnosis and treatment of stroke patients. This includes proper medication and treatment, reducing mortality rates, quick recovery and limiting disability because of stroke.

“Our stroke teams start with education of the community and end with physical therapy in the outpatient setting,” Samer Sader, MD, vice president, chief medical officer, Carle Health West Region, said. “At every step, we strive for the best care. The executive team is especially proud of the early identification and use of thrombolitics (medicines that dissolve major blood clots quickly).”

Carle Foundation Hospital (CFH) is receiving the Get With The Guidelines - Stroke Gold Plus Award and the Target: Stroke Elite Honor Roll. To qualify for these awards, CFH met specific criteria that reduces the time between an eligible patient’s arrival at the hospital and treatment with the clot-buster alteplase.

The program also is recognizing CFH with the Target: Type 2 Diabetes Honor Roll award, which means that CFH ensures that patients with Type 2 diabetes, who may be at higher risk of complications, receive the most up-to-date, evidence-based care when hospitalized for stroke.

“I’m so grateful for the incredible teamwork which makes this recognition possible,” Elizabeth Angelo, RN, DNP, CFH president and executive nursing officer, said. “We have caring experts throughout CFH who work together to assure that stroke patients receive the very best of care. This allows our hospital to serve patients throughout our region who need lifesaving care.”

CFH is the only Comprehensive Stroke Center in central Illinois and continues to receive this designation every three years during the American Hospital Association’s renewal period.

Comprehensive Stroke Centers and Primary Stroke Centers feature a comprehensive system for rapid diagnosis and treatment of stroke patients admitted to the emergency department.

Carle BroMenn Medical Center is receiving the GWTG Gold Plus Award, Target: Type 2 Diabetes Honor Roll. BroMenn has received the Gold Plus Award for the past 12 years in a row and the Target Diabetes award specifically for the past three years, Gayle Guffey, MSN, RN, CPHQ, manager, quality and regulatory, Quality Resource Management, BroMenn and Eureka, said.

“We are excited, as always, to receive this recognition but we are not surprised,” Melissa Reidy, MSN, RN stroke coordinator/manager of the Progressive Care Unit at BroMenn, said.

“Our team works very hard every day to ensure we are caring for stroke patients appropriately and documenting our excellent care,” Reidy said. “This recognition means that patients can depend on us for consistent, excellent stroke care. This is CBMC’s 12th year receiving this award, so patients can feel confident that our team is competent and dedicated to ensuring great outcomes. Team members are proud that their hard work is being recognized. For CBMC and the Carle Health system, I think it shows the commitment of the hospital and our health system to our respective stroke programs. It’s important that our community members know they can count on us for excellent care, especially when it comes to strokes. This Gold Plus Award symbolizes that commitment.”

BroMenn is a Primary Stroke Center.

Methodist is receiving the GWTG-Stroke Gold Plus Award, the Target: Stroke Elite Honor Roll and the Target: Type 2 Diabetes Honor Roll.

“It is exciting to see our team members achieve a recognition based on delivering the best care for our patients during a true emergency,” Dr. Sader said. “On behalf of the executive team and the Central Illinois community, I would like to extend our gratitude.”

Methodist also is a Primary Stroke Center.

Eureka is receiving a GWTG-Stroke Rural Health Bronze recognition. This is the first year that this award has been available. The Bronze is the highest recognition that a hospital can receive in its first year.

Eureka is an Acute Stroke Ready Hospital, as are Carle Richland Memorial Hospital in Olney and Carle Hoopeston Regional Health Center in Hoopeston. At these facilities, teams begin immediate stroke care and transfer patients to a higher level of care as needed. With Accredited Stroke Centers at CFH, BroMenn and Methodist, Carle has an extensive system for the rapid diagnosis and treatment of stroke patients admitted to the emergency department.

“I am proud that we are participating in this program to help us ensure we are providing the best care to our patients and to strive for continual improvement,” Mark Lareau, BSN, RN, manager Clinical Operations for Emergency Services and School Nurses at Eureka, said.

“I also am proud that we are receiving the recognition for our results,” Lareau said. “Our volume of stroke patients is low, and the volume of stroke patients included in Get With The Guidelines is even lower, so that any drop in quality will drastically affect our ability to reach the level of recognition. It helps validate the excellent care our staff provide on a regular basis.”

At Carle Health, we strive to intervene as early as possible for patients with stroke symptoms and we continue to provide quality care to patients after a stroke, with the goal of optimizing their recovery. Our leading-edge medical facilities, technology and techniques mean our providers can perform advanced diagnostic and interventional procedures to help minimize the effects of stroke.

For more information on Carle’s award-winning stroke care, click here.

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