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Washington Regional Receives National Stroke Care Recognition

Washington Regional Medical Center recently received four American Heart Association/American Stroke Association Get With The Guidelines® Achievement Awards for stroke care – more than any other hospital in Arkansas.

Washington Regional earned the Get With The Guidelines® Stroke Gold Plus with Honor Roll Elite, Advanced Therapy, and Target: Type 2 Diabetes Honor Roll awards, which recognize the hospital’s commitment to ensuring patients experiencing stroke receive the most appropriate treatment according to nationally recognized, research-based guidelines based on the latest scientific evidence. Washington Regional met specific criteria to achieve each award:

Get With The Guidelines®- Stroke Gold Plus
Washington Regional earned this recognition by attaining an achievement rate of 85% or greater on all criteria for stroke treatment outlined for the American Heart Association/American Stroke Association for 24 consecutive months. This is the fifth consecutive year Washington Regional has achieved the Gold Plus designation.

Target: Stroke Honor Role Elite award
To qualify for this recognition, Washington Regional met quality measures to reduce the time between a patient’s arrival at the hospital and treatment with the clot-buster drug tPA, with 85% of applicable stroke patients receiving the medication within 60 minutes or less of arrival. Washington Regional is the only hospital in the Northwest Arkansas region to achieve the Honor Role Elite recognition.

Target: Stroke Honor Roll Advanced Therapy award
Washington Regional successfully treated at least 50% of applicable stroke patients within 90 minutes or less of arriving directly to our facility and within 60 minutes or less for transport patients. Washington Regional is the only hospital in the state of Arkansas to receive this recognition.

Target: Type 2 Diabetes Honor Roll
Washington Regional achieved this recognition by meeting quality measures developed by the American Heart Association/American Stroke Association with more than 90% of compliance for 12 consecutive months for the organization’s Overall Diabetes Cardiovascular Initiative. This is the second consecutive year Washington Regional has achieved the Type 2 Diabetes Honor Roll award, which was introduced in 2020.

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 stroke each year.

As the only hospital in Northwest Arkansas to hold Comprehensive Stroke Center certification by The Joint Commission, Washington Regional is equipped to treat the most complex stroke cases. “Washington Regional is honored to be recognized by the American Heart Association/American Stroke Association for our dedication to helping patients have the best possible chance of survival and recovery after a stroke,” Washington Regional’s Director of Neuro Units and Stroke Program Kasha Pinkerton said. “As a 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 neurosurgical intensive care unit, neuro progressive unit, and specialty clinics that provide follow up care and education. The tools and resources provided by the Get With The Guidelines® program help us measure our success in meeting evidenced-based clinical guidelines developed to improve patient outcomes.”

“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. Schwamm also serves as director of acute stroke services at Massachusetts General Hospital in Boston. “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.”