Sunrise Hospital and Medical Center Receives Get with the Guidelines – Stroke Gold Plus Quality Achievement Award

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Las Vegas (November 11, 2013) Sunrise Hospital and Medical Center has received the American Heart Association/American Stroke Association’s Get With The Guidelines – Stroke Gold Plus Quality Achievement Award for the fifth straight year – longer than any other hospital in Nevada.  The award recognizes Sunrise Hospital’s commitment and success in implementing excellent care for stroke patients, according to evidence-based guidelines.

“With a stroke, time lost is brain lost, and the Get with the Guidelines – Stroke Gold Plus Quality Achievement Award demonstrates Sunrise Hospital’s commitment to being one of the top hospitals in the country for providing aggressive, proven stroke care,” said Todd Sklamberg, Chief Executive Officer at Sunrise Hospital. “We will continue with our focus on providing outstanding care that has been shown in the scientific literature to quickly and efficiently treat stroke patients with evidence-based protocols.”

To receive the award, Sunrise Hospital achieved 85 percent or higher adherence to all Get With The Guidelines – Stroke Quality Achievement indicators for two or more consecutive 12-month intervals and achieved 75 percent or higher compliance with six of 10 Get With The Guidelines – Stroke Quality Measures, which are reporting initiatives to measure quality of care. 

These measures include aggressive use of medications, such as antithrombotics, anticoagulation therapy, deep vein thrombosis prophylaxis, cholesterol reducing drugs, and smoking cessation, all aimed at reducing death and disability and improving the lives of stroke patients.

In addition to the Get With The Guidelines – Stroke Award, Sunrise Hospital has also been recognized as a recipient of the association’s Target: Stroke Honor Roll, for improving stroke care. Over the past quarter, at least 50 percent of the hospital’s eligible ischemic stroke patients have received tissue plasminogen activator, or tPA, within 60 minutes of arriving at the hospital (known as ‘door-to-needle’ time). A thrombolytic, or clot-busting agent, tPA is the only drug approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration for the urgent treatment of ischemic stroke. If given intravenously in the first three hours after the start of stroke symptoms, tPA has been shown to significantly reverse the effects of stroke and reduce permanent disability.

“Sunrise Hospital is to be commended for its commitment to implementing standards of care and protocols for treating stroke patients,” 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. “The full implementation of acute care and secondary prevention recommendations and guidelines is a critical step in saving the lives and improving outcomes of stroke patients.”

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 a new or recurrent stroke each year.

Sunrise Hospital & Medical Center provides high-quality, advanced healthcare services in Southern Nevada and the surrounding region. A Consumer Choice award-winning hospital for 16 years, Las Vegas’ largest acute care facility offers a full range of specialized services. For more information, visit our website .

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