King’s Daughters Medical Center has once again received recognition
from the American Heart Association/American Stroke Associations for delivering
high-quality care to stroke patients.
Cynthia Keely, director of system and quality improvement for the AHA,
presented KDMC with the Get With The Guidelines®-Stroke Gold Plus Target Stroke Honor Roll Quality Achievement Award on
Wednesday, July 25.
“This is not the first year for the Gold level award for this hospital,”
Keely noted. “It’s been several, several years of continuous
high levels of treatment and care for patients with stroke at King’s
KDMC has received the Gold award from the American Heart Association continuously
since 2011 and is the only hospital in eastern Kentucky and southern Ohio
to earn the GWTG Gold Plus Stroke award.
The GWTG awards recognize King’s Daughters commitment to ensuring
stroke patients receive the most appropriate treatment based on nationally
recognized, research-driven guidelines developed using the latest scientific evidence.
To earn the Gold-level award, a hospital must achieve and maintain 85 percent
compliance on eight evidence-based criteria for care over a 24-month period.
The PLUS designation indicates compliance with six additional GWTG criteria,
over and above the core eight, Keely noted.
The GWTG quality measures include proper use of medications and other stroke
treatments based on the most up-to-date, evidence-based guidelines. The
goal of GWTG is to speed patient recovery and reduce death and disability
among stroke patients.
The standards also measure hospitals’ performance with patient education
on stroke signs/symptoms, health management, smoking cessation education,
follow-up care after discharge and transition of care.
“This reflects all of the hard work and dedication of all of the
team members here at King’s Daughters,” said Wes Lewis, M.D.,
medical director of the stroke program. “For our community, (this
award) means that we provide a level of care that they don’t have
to go someplace else to receive.”
King’s Daughters also received the AHA’s Target: Stroke Honor
Roll award, which recognizes the hospital’s effort to reduce the
time between a patient’s arrival at the hospital and treatment with
tPA, a clot-busting medication and the only drug approved by the U.S.
Food and Drug Administration to treat ischemic stroke.
“We are pleased to recognize King’s Daughters Medical Center
for their commitment to stroke care,” said Eric E. Smith, M.D.,
national chairman of the Get With The Guidelines Steering Committee.
“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.”
According to the American Heart Association/American Stroke Association,
stroke is the No. 5 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
PHOTO: Neurologist Tanya Warwick, M.D.; Cynthia Keely of the American Heart/American
Stroke Association; Polly Hunt, RN; stroke program coordinator at King’s
Daughters; and Wes Lewis, M.D., medical director of King's Daughters