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MCCG Receives American Heart Association Stroke Award

MCCG Receives American Heart Association Stroke Award

Award Demonstrates MCCG's Commitment to Quality Care for Stroke Patients

MACON, GA (Monday, December 3, 2012)   The Medical Center of Central Georgia (MCCG) has received the Get With The Guidelines – Stroke Gold Plus Quality Achievement Award from the American Heart Association. The award recognizes MCCG's commitment and success in implementing a higher standard of care by ensuring that stroke patients receive treatment according to nationally accepted guidelines.

This marks the second consecutive year that MCCG has been recognized with the quality achievement award. The American Heart Association will present MCCG with the award on Tuesday, December 4 at 11:30 a.m. in MCCG's Eversole Lobby. This is not a public event, but media are invited to attend.

Get With The Guidelines – Stroke helps MCCG's staff develop and implement acute and secondary prevention guideline processes to improve patient care and outcomes. The program provides hospitals with a web-based patient management tool, best practice discharge protocols and standing orders, along with a robust registry and real-time benchmarking capabilities to track performance.

The quick and efficient use of guideline procedures can improve the quality of care for stroke patients and may reduce disability and save lives.

“Recent studies show that patients treated in hospitals participating in the American Heart Association's Get With The Guidelines – Stroke program receive a higher quality of care and may experience better outcomes,” said Lee H. Schwamm, M.D., chair of the Get With The Guidelines National Steering Committee and director of the TeleStroke and Acute Stroke Services at Massachusetts General Hospital in Boston. “MCCG's team is to be commended for their commitment to improving the care of their patients.”

Following Get With The Guidelines-Stroke treatment guidelines, patients are started on aggressive risk-reduction therapies including the use of medications such as tPA, antithrombotics and anticoagulation therapy, along with cholesterol reducing drugs and smoking cessation counseling. These are all aimed at reducing death and disability and improving the lives of stroke patients. Hospitals must adhere to these measures at a set level for a designated period of time to be eligible for the achievement awards.

“This award demonstrates that we are adhering to professional expectations. Our community can trust us to deliver the care they need,” said Judy Paull, Chief Nursing Officer at MCCG.

According to the American Heart Association/American Stroke Association, stroke is one of the leading causes of death and serious, long-term 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 new or recurrent stroke each year.

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