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“A stroke patient loses 1.9 million neurons each minute stroke treatment is delayed,” said Marie McKigney, Saint Francis Memorial Hospital stroke coordinator. “When every second counts, we are proud to be recognized for our excellence in delivering stroke treatments to patients quickly and safely.”
“At St. Mary’s, we take pride in our ability to quickly assess and triage stroke patients, which leads to more positive outcomes,” said Cheryl Briggs, quality and safety specialist at St. Mary’s Medical Center. “Our greatest reward is serving our patients. That’s why we’re committed to turning treatment guidelines into lifelines.”
Saint Francis Memorial Hospital and St. Mary’s Medical Center are both certified by the Joint Commission as a Primary Stroke Center and are CARF-accredited (Commission on Accreditation of Rehabilitation Facilities) in Adult Inpatient Stroke Specialty Rehabilitation.
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 nearly 800,000 people suffer a new or recurrent stroke each year.
To achieve the Gold Plus Quality Achievement award, hospitals must achieve 85 percent or higher adherence to all Get With The Guidelines-Stroke achievement indicators for two or more consecutive 12-month periods and achieve 75 percent or higher compliance with five of eight Get With The Guidelines-Stroke Quality measures to receive the Gold Plus Quality Achievement Award.