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Jordan Valley Medical Center and Pioneer Valley Hospital Get Gold

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July 20, 2012

Jordan Valley Medical Center and Pioneer Valley Hospital have achieved the AHA/ASA’s Get With The Guidelines–Stroke Gold Quality Achievement Award, after two consecutive years of demonstrating adherence to rigorous guidelines set by the American Heart Association (AHA) and American Stroke Association (ASA),

To receive the award, Jordan Valley and Pioneer Valley demonstrated 85 percent adherence in the Get With The Guidelines–Stroke key measures for 24 or more consecutive months. These include aggressive use of medications like tPA, antithrombotics, anticoagulation therapy, DVT prophylaxis, cholesterol-reducing drugs and smoking cessation.

“Our greatest reward is serving our patients. That’s why we’re committed to turning treatment guidelines into lifelines,” said Julia Nokes, stroke coordinator at Jordan Valley and Pioneer Valley.

Jordan Valley and Pioneer Valley have developed a comprehensive system for rapid diagnosis and treatment of stroke patients admitted to the emergency department. This includes always being equipped to provide brain imaging scans, having neurologists available to conduct patient evaluations and using clot-busting medications when appropriate.

“The American Stroke Association commends Jordan Valley and Pioneer Valley for its success in implementing standards of care and protocols,” 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.”

In the past year, Jordan Valley and Pioneer Valley were also certified as Primary Stroke Centers after demonstrating their adherence to national standards for care and treatment of stroke patients. Issued by DNV Healthcare Inc., the certification is recognized by the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS).

“The number of acute ischemic stroke patients eligible for treatment is expected to grow over the next decade due to increasing stroke incidence and a large aging population, so the time is right for us to be focused on improving the quality of stroke care,” Nokes said.

According to the AHA/ASA, 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.

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