Long Beach Memorial Receives Award for Stroke Care for Third Consecutive Year

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Long Beach Memorial has received the Get With The Guidelines® – Stroke Gold-Plus Quality Achievement Award for implementing specific quality improvement measures outlined by the American Heart Association/American Stroke Association for the treatment of stroke patients for the third consecutive year.

Get With The Guidelines Stroke helps hospital care teams provide the most up-to-date, research-based guidelines with the goal of speeding recovery and reducing death and disability for stroke patients. Long Beach Memorial earned the 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 aggressive use of medications and risk-reduction therapies aimed at reducing death and disability and improving the lives of stroke patients.

“Long Beach Memorial is dedicated to improving the quality of stroke care and the American Heart Association/American Stroke Association’s Get With The Guidelines – Stroke proves we are achieving that goal,” says Nima Ramezan, M.D., medical director, MemorialCare Neuroscience Institute, Long Beach Memorial. “With this award, our hospital demonstrates our commitment to ensure that our patients receive care based on internationally-respected clinical guidelines.”

Long Beach Memorial also received the Association’s Target: Stroke Honor Roll for meeting stroke quality measures that reduce the time between hospital arrival and treatment with the clot-buster tPA – the only drug approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration to treat ischemic stroke. People who suffer a stroke, who receive the drug within 4.5 hours of the onset of symptoms may recover quicker and are less likely to suffer severe disability.

“We are pleased to recognize Long Beach Memorial for their commitment and dedication to stroke care,” says 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 patients’ length of stays and 30-day readmission rates and reduce disparity gaps in care.”

Get With The Guidelines – Stroke also helps Long Beach Memorial’s care team implement prevention measures, including educating stroke patients to manage their risk factors and to be aware of warning signs for stroke, and ensuring they take their medications properly. Hospitals can make customized patient education materials available upon discharge, based on the patients’ individual risk profiles. The take-away materials are written in an easy-to-understand format in either English or Spanish.

According to the American Heart Association/American Stroke Association, stroke is the number four 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.

Certified Stroke Program at Long Beach Memorial
Long Beach Memorial is a dedicated Stroke Receiving Center for Los Angeles County – and has achieved the American Heart Association/American Stroke Association’s “Get With The Guidelines®” Gold Plus achievement award for three consecutive years. Long Beach Memorial provides high-quality neuro-interventional services allowing less invasive surgeries to be performed on complicated neurovascular conditions. Long Beach Memorial is one of a few hospitals in California to have a 320 slice computed tomography (CT) scanner that provides clear images of the brain to diagnose areas of the brain affected in a matter of minutes rather than hours. Long Beach Memorial’s stroke team is on-site 24/7. “Get with the Guidelines” – Stroke program from the American Stroke Association to provide the most current and effective procedures and treatment for those who have a history of stroke. Visit MemorialCare.org/LBStroke, like us at Facebook.com/LongBeachMemorial, follow us on Twitter @LongBeachMMC and on Instagram @LongBeachMemorial.

About Get With The Guidelines
Get With The Guidelines® is the American Heart Association/American Stroke Association’s hospital-based quality improvement program that provides hospitals with the latest research-based guidelines.  Developed with the goal of saving lives and hastening recovery, Get With The Guidelines has touched the lives of more than 4 million patients since 2001. For more information, visit heart.org/quality or heart.org/myhealthcare.

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