Two Hospitals Receive Stroke Gold Quality Awards

November 12, 2018

DETROIT ― Henry Ford Hospital in Detroit and Henry Ford West Bloomfield Hospital have received the American Heart Association/American Stroke Association’s Get With The Guidelines®-Stroke Gold Quality Achievement Award.  

The award recognizes the hospitals’ commitment to ensuring stroke patients receive the most appropriate treatment according to nationally recognized, research-based guidelines based on the latest scientific evidence.  

Both hospitals 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 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.  

“We’ve intensified our evaluation and treatment of patients who show symptoms of stroke and have seen successful treatment of stroke increase accordingly,” said stroke expert Dr. Stephan Mayer, chair of the Henry Ford Health System Department of Neurology. “We’re very pleased that Henry Ford Health System is being recognized for our efforts.”  

The awards also recognize care given to patients as they return home. Before discharge, patients should also receive education on managing their health, get a follow-up visit scheduled, as well as other care transition interventions.  

“Henry Ford Health System is dedicated to improving the quality of care for stroke patients by implementing the American Heart Association’s Get With The Guidelines-Stroke initiative,” said Dr. Alex Chebl, director of Henry Ford Health System’s Harris Stroke Center. “The tools and resources provided help us track and measure our success in meeting evidence-based clinical guidelines developed to improve patient outcomes.”

Both hospitals additionally received the association’s Target: Stroke Honor Roll award. To qualify for this recognition, 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.      

“We are pleased to recognize Henry Ford Health System for their commitment to stroke care,” said Eric E. Smith, M.D., national chairman of the Get With The Guidelines Steering Committee and an associate professor of neurology at the University of Calgary in Alberta, Canada. “Research has shown that hospitals adhering to clinical measures through the Get With The Guidelines quality improvement initiative can often see fewer readmissions and lower mortality rates.”  

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 U.S. suffers a stroke every 40 seconds and nearly 795,000 people suffer a new or recurrent stroke each year.   

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About Henry Ford Health System
Henry Ford Health System is a six-hospital system headquartered in Detroit, Michigan. It is one of the nation's leading comprehensive, integrated health systems, recognized for clinical excellence and innovation. Henry Ford Health System provides both health insurance and health care delivery, including acute, specialty, primary and preventive care services backed by excellence in research and education. Henry Ford Health System is led by President & CEO Wright Lassiter III. Visit HenryFord.com to learn more.    

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 tools and resources to increase adherence to 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 6 million patients since 2001. For more information, visit heart.org.    

Media Contact:
Tammy Battaglia
Henry Ford Health System
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Tammy.Battaglia@hfhs.org