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Washington Regional Receives Get With The Guidelines-Stroke Gold Plus Quality Achievement Award

Washington Regional has received the American Heart Association/American Stroke Association’s Get With The Guidelines®-Stroke Gold Plus Quality Achievement Award. The award recognizes the hospital’s commitment to ensuring stroke patients receive the most appropriate treatment according to nationally recognized, research-based guidelines based on the latest scientific evidence. This is the fourth consecutive year Washington Regional has been honored with the award.

Washington Regional earned the award by reaching an aggressive goal of treating patients with 85% or higher compliance to core standard levels of care as outlined by the American Heart Association® for two consecutive calendar years.

According to the American Heart Association/American Stroke Association, stroke is the fifth leading 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. 

Washington Regional is the only hospital in Northwest Arkansas to hold Comprehensive Stroke Center certification by The Joint Commission. “We are dedicated to improving the quality of care for our stroke patients by implementing the American Heart Association’s Get With The Guidelines-Stroke initiative,” said Washington Regional Director of Neuro Units and Stroke Program Kasha Pinkerton. “As a designated Comprehensive Stroke Center, Washington Regional provides a comprehensive system for rapid diagnosis and treatment of stroke patients that includes 24/7 in-person care with stroke experts, a dedicated Neuro Intensive Care Unit, Neuro Progressive Unit, and clinics providing follow up care and education. The tools and resources provided by the Association help us track and measure our success in meeting evidenced-based clinical guidelines developed to improve patient outcomes.” 

Washington Regional additionally received the Association’s Target: StrokeSM Honor Roll Elite Plus award. To qualify for this recognition, Washington Regional met quality measures aimed at reducing the time between the patient’s arrival at the hospital and treatment with the clot-buster drug tPA, the only drug approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration to treat ischemic stroke, the most common type of stroke. This is the fifth year Washington Regional has earned the recognition.

The Association also recognized Washington Regional with a new award, the Target: Type 2 Diabetes Honor Roll award for meeting quality measures developed to ensure patients with type 2 diabetes receive the most up-to-date, evidence-based care when hospitalized with stroke.

“We are pleased to recognize Washington Regional for their commitment to stroke care,” said Lee H. Schwamm, M.D., national chairperson of the Quality Oversight Committee and Executive Vice Chair of Neurology, Director of Acute Stroke Services, Massachusetts General Hospital, Boston, Massachusetts. 

“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.”