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Houston Medical Center and Perry Hospital Earn American Heart Association Awards for Efforts to Improve Stroke Treatment

The American Heart Association (AHA) awarded both Houston Medical Center and Perry Hospital, respectively, for their commitment to ensuring stroke patients receive the most appropriate treatment according to nationally recognized, research-based guidelines.

Houston Medical Center

AHA’s Get With The Guidelines®-Stroke GOLDPLUS Level Quality Achievement Award

with Target: Stroke Honor Roll Elite and Target: Type 2 Diabetes Honor Roll

Perry Hospital

AHA’s Get With The Guidelines®-Stroke SILVERPLUS Quality Achievement Award

with Target: Type 2 Diabetes Honor Roll

Stroke is the No. 5 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.

Get With The Guidelines-Stroke was developed to assist healthcare professionals to provide the most up-to-date, research-based guidelines for treating stroke patients.

“Houston Healthcare as a whole, with Houston Medical Center and Perry Hospital, are honored to be recognized by the American Heart Association for our dedication to helping patients have the best possible chance of survival after a stroke,” said Kevin Rowley, Public Information Officer for Houston Healthcare. “Get With The Guidelines-Stroke makes it easier for our teams to put proven knowledge and guidelines to work on a daily basis to improve outcomes for stroke patients.”

Each year program participants apply for the award recognition by demonstrating how their organization has committed to providing quality care for stroke patients. In addition to following treatment guidelines, Houston Medical Center also provides education to patients to help them manage their health and rehabilitation once at home.

“We are pleased to recognize Houston Medical Center and Perry Hospital for their commitment to stroke care,” said Lee H. Schwamm, M.D., national chairperson of the Quality Oversight Committee and Executive Vice Chair of Neurology, Director of Acute Stroke Services, Massachusetts General Hospital, Boston, Massachusetts. “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.”

For Houston Medical Center to qualify for the Target: StrokeSM Honor Roll/Target: StrokeSM Elite Therapy awards, hospitals must meet quality measures developed to reduce the time between the patient’s arrival at the hospital and treatment with the clot-buster tissue plasminogen activator, or tPA, the only drug approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration to treat ischemic stroke.

For Houston Medical Center and Perry Hospital to qualify for Type 2 Diabetes Honor Roll award, hospitals must meet quality measures developed with more than 90% of compliance for 12 consecutive months for the “Overall Diabetes Cardiovascular Initiative Composite