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King’s Daughters earns national recognition in stroke care

King’s Daughters earns national recognition in stroke care

For the 10th year in a row, King’s Daughters has received the American Heart Association’s Get With The Guidelines®-Stroke Gold Plus Quality Achievement Award. The award recognizes King’s Daughters commitment to ensuring stroke patients receive the most appropriate treatment according to nationally recognized, research-based guidelines utilizing the latest scientific evidence.

Stroke is the fifth-leading cause of death and a leading cause of adult disability in the U.S. 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. Early stroke detection and treatment are key to improving survival, minimizing disability and speeding recovery times.

AHA developed the Get With The Guidelines-Stroke program to ensure healthcare providers have access to up-to-date, research-based protocol in the treatment of stroke. King’s Daughters earned the Gold Plus award by meeting or exceeding established quality measures, including providing patients with education to help them manage their health and rehabilitation once at home.

“King’s Daughters is honored to be recognized by the American Heart Association for our dedication to helping our patients have the best possible outcome after a stroke,” said Ryan Ison, Vice President of Integrated Practices at King’s Daughters. “Every member of our stroke team plays a pivotal role in helping us achieve and maintain this high-level of quality stroke care. We are grateful for their skill, knowledge, and dedication.”

King’s Daughters also received the Association’s Target: Stroke Elite Plus award. To qualify for this recognition, hospitals must meet specific goals related to initiation of stroke treatment, including administration of tissue plasminogen activator (tPA), the only drug approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration to treat ischemic stroke.