Published on April 01, 2015

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Pottstown Memorial Medical Center receives Get With The Guidelines Target Stroke Honor Roll Award

Award demonstrates Pottstown Memorial Medical Center’s commitment to quality care for stroke patients

Pottstown, PA – April, 2015 – Pottstown Memorial Medical Center (PMMC) has received the American Heart Association/American Stroke Association’s Get With The Guidelines –Target: Stroke Honor Roll Quality Achievement Award at the association’s International Stroke Conference 2015. The award recognizes the hospital’s commitment and success ensuring that stroke patients receive the most appropriate treatment according to nationally recognized, research-based guidelines based on the latest scientific evidence.

To receive the Target: Stroke Honor Roll award, hospitals must meet 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. If given intravenously in the first three hours after the start of symptoms, tPA has been shown to significantly reduce the effects of stroke and lessen the chance of permanent disability. Over three months or greater, at least 50 percent of the hospital’s ischemic stroke patients have received tPA within 60 minutes of arriving at the hospital (known as door-to-needle time).

These quality measures are designed to help hospital teams provide the most up-to-date, evidence-based guidelines with the goal of speeding recovery and reducing death and disability for stroke patients.

“With a stroke, time lost is brain function lost, and this award demonstrates our commitment to ensuring patients receive care based on nationally-respected clinical guidelines,” said J. Mark McLoone, FACHE, Chief Executive Officer, PMMC. “ Pottstown Memorial Medical Center is dedicated to improving the quality of stroke care and the American Heart Association/American Stroke Association’s Get With The Guidelines Stroke helps us achieve that goal.”

Pottstown Memorial Medical Center has also met specific scientific guidelines as a Primary Stroke Center, featuring a comprehensive system for rapid diagnosis and treatment of stroke patients admitted to the emergency department.

“We are pleased to recognize Pottstown Memorial Medical Center for their commitment to stroke care,” said Deepak L. Bhatt, M.D., M.P.H., national chairman of the Get With The Guidelines steering committee and Executive Director of Interventional Cardiovascular Programs at Brigham and Women’s Hospital and Professor of Medicine at Harvard Medical School.

“Studies have shown that hospitals that consistently follow Get With The Guidelines quality improvement measures can reduce length of stay and 30-day readmission rates and reduce disparities in care.”

For providers, Get With The Guidelines–Stroke offers quality-improvement measures, discharge protocols, standing orders and other measurement tools. Providing hospitals with resources and information that make it easier to follow treatment guidelines can help save lives and ultimately reduce overall healthcare costs by lowering readmission rates for stroke patients.

For patients, Get With The Guidelines–Stroke uses the “teachable moment,” the time soon after a patient has had a stroke, when they learn how to manage their risk factors while still in the hospital and recognize the F.A.S.T. warning signs of a stroke.

According to the American Heart Association/American Stroke Association, stroke is the number five cause of death and a leading cause of adult disability in the United States. 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.

About Pottstown Memorial Medical Center:
Pottstown Memorial Medical Center, a 232-bed, acute care hospital, is accredited by The Joint Commission. The medical staff includes 260 physicians representing 40 medical specialties and is committed to serving the healthcare needs of residents in Pottstown and the surrounding areas.

The hospital offers an extensive range of services including inpatient and outpatient, medical, surgical, obstetric, pediatric, diagnostic and emergency care as well as primary care though family practice and pediatric offices throughout the area and Priority Care Urgent Care in Exeter.

A full continuum of care is provided to patients through a dedicated team of physicians, nurses, staff and volunteers. Pottstown Memorial Medical Center strives to exceed patient expectations, while delivering compassionate, safe, quality care.

Distinctions:
2013 Top Performers on Key Quality Measures by The Joint Commission >

Orthopedics:

  • Joint Commission Gold Seal of Approval for Hip and Knee replacement
  • Blue Distinction Center for Hip and Knee from Independence Blue Cross

Primary Stroke Center:

  • Joint Commission Gold Seal of Approval
  • Gold Plus Distinction, AHA Stroke Association Get with the Guidelines

Regional Cancer Center:

  • Four time recipient of Accreditation with Commendation/Outstanding Achievement Award by the Commission on Cancer of the American College of Surgeons.

About Get With The Guidelines
For more information, visit heart.org/quality or heart.org/QualityMap.