CSM's Stroke Programs Honored With Quality Achievement Award

Thursday, September 03, 2015

The stroke programs at Columbia St. Mary's Hospital Milwaukee and Ozaukee were both recently recognized by the American Heart Association/American Stroke Association and U.S. News and World Report.

Both Columbia St. Mary's Hospital Milwaukee and Ozaukee received “Get With The Guidelines – Stroke Silver Plus Quality Achievement Award” for implementing specific quality improvement measures outlined by the American Heart Association/American Stroke Association for the treatment of stroke patients. Additionally, Columbia St. Mary's Hospital Milwaukee was named to the “Target: Stroke Honor Roll.”

“Get With The Guidelines – Stroke” helps hospital teams provide the most up-to-date, research-based guidelines with the goal of speeding recovery and reducing death and disability for stroke patients. Columbia St. Mary’s earned the Silver Plus award by having 85 percent or higher adherence on all applicable achievement measures and at least 75 percent or higher adherence with five or more select quality measures in stroke for 12 consecutive months. These measures include aggressive use of medications and risk-reduction therapies aimed at reducing death and disability and improving the lives of stroke patients.         
The “Target: Stroke Honor Roll” recognizes current “Get With The Guidelines – Stroke” accredited hospitals who also had 50 percent or higher achievement of door-to-needle times within 60 minutes in applicable stroke patients for at least one calendar quarter.

“We are pleased to recognize Columbia St. Mary’s for their commitment and dedication to stroke care,” said Deepak L. Bhatt, M.D., M.P.H., national chairman of the “Get With The Guidelines” steering committee and Executive Director of Interventional Cardiovascular Programs at Brigham and Women's Hospital and Professor of Medicine at Harvard Medical School. “Studies have shown that hospitals that consistently follow “Get With The Guidelines” quality improvement measures can reduce patients’ length of stays and 30-day readmission rates and reduce disparity gaps in care.”

“Get With The Guidelines – Stroke” also helps Columbia St. Mary’s staff implement prevention measures, which include educating stroke patients to manage their risk factors and to be aware of warning signs for stroke, and ensuring they take their medications properly.

According to the American Heart Association/American Stroke Association, stroke is the number four 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 795,000 people suffer a new or recurrent stroke each year.



About Get With The Guidelines
Get With The Guidelines® is the American Heart Association/American Stroke Association’s hospital-based quality improvement program provides hospitals with the latest research-based guidelines. Developed with the goal of saving lives and hastening recovery, Get With The Guidelines has touched the lives of more than 4 million patients since 2001. For more information, visit heart.org/quality or heart.org/myhealthcare.

About Columbia St. Mary’s
Columbia St. Mary's comprises four hospitals, Columbia St. Mary's Hospital Milwaukee (including the Women’s Hospital), Columbia St. Mary’s Hospital Ozaukee, Sacred Heart Rehabilitation Institute and a partnership with the Orthopaedic Hospital of Wisconsin. In addition, there are 62 primary care clinics, the Columbia College of Nursing, and an affiliation with Madison Medical Affiliates. The system serves Milwaukee, Ozaukee, Washington and Sheboygan counties, with more than 165 years of service. Columbia St. Mary’s is transforming healthcare through its leading cardiovascular services, robotic surgery, Trilogy cancer technology, Bariatric Services, Orthopaedic Surgery, Spine Center, Milwaukee Institute of Minimally Invasive Surgery, Heitz Radiation Oncology Center, Regional Burn Center, Van Dyke Haebler Center for Women’s Imaging, Multiple Sclerosis Clinic, Wound Healing Centers, accredited chest pain centers, certified primary stroke centers, Wisconsin Chiari Center, and full women’s health services including the Heart Secrets Program. Columbia St. Mary's and its sponsor organizations, Ascension Health and Columbia Health System, share a mission to make a positive difference in the health status and lives of individuals in the community with a special concern for those who are vulnerable. For more information, visit columbia-stmarys.org.

About Ascension
Ascension (ascension.org) is a faith-based healthcare organization dedicated to transformation through innovation across the continuum of care. As the largest non-profit health system in the U.S. and the world’s largest Catholic health system, Ascension is committed to delivering compassionate, personalized care to all persons with special attention to those who are struggling the most. In FY2015, Ascension provided $2 billion in care of persons living in poverty and other community benefit programs. More than 150,000 associates and 35,000 affiliated providers serve in 1,900 sites of care – including 131 hospitals and more than 30 senior care facilities – in 24 states and the District of Columbia. In addition to healthcare delivery, Ascension subsidiaries provide a variety of services and solutions including physician practice management, venture capital investing, treasury management, biomedical engineering, clinical care management, information services, risk management, and contracting through Ascension’s own group purchasing organization.



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