BAKERSFIELD HEART HOSPITAL RECOGNIZED WITH QUALITY ACHIEVEMENT AWARD FOR STROKE CARE
Bakersfield, CA - Bakersfield Heart Hospital will be presented with the American Heart Association/ American Stroke Association's Get With The Guidelines® Stroke Bronze Quality Achievement Award on Tuesday, May 31st. This award is given to hospitals for implementing specific quality improvement measures outlined for the treatment of stroke patients.
"We are honored to be receiving this award. We have a solid infrastructure in place and great administrative support, which is an essential component of achieving goals of excellence in stroke care. I am very proud of our team," said Maheep S. Virdi, MD, Medical Director of Bakersfield Heart Hospital's Stroke Center.
The Get With The Guidelines® Stroke program 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. BHH earned the award by meeting specific quality achievement measures for the rapid diagnosis and treatment of stroke patients at a set level for a designated period. These measures include proper use of medications and aggressive risk-reduction therapies aimed at reducing death and disability and improving the lives of stroke patients.
"We are pleased to recognize Bakersfield Heart Hospital for their commitment and dedication to stroke care," said Ron Loomis, Senior Regional Director, Quality and Systems Improvement, American Heart Association. "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."
According to the American Heart Association/American Stroke Association:
Stroke was the second-leading global cause of death behind heart disease in 2013
Stroke is the No. 5 cause of death in the United States, killing nearly 129,000 people a year
Stroke kills someone in the U.S. about once every four minutes