February 3, 2012
Marketing and Communications
BURLINGTON, VT – Fletcher Allen’s Stroke Program has received the American Heart Association/American Stroke Association’s “Get With The Guidelines” Gold Plus Performance Achievement award for its success in implementing excellent care for stroke patients according to evidence-based guidelines. It is the only “Gold Plus” program in Vermont and northern New York.
To earn the award, providers at Fletcher Allen’s multi-disciplinary Stroke Center achieved at least 24 consecutive months at 85% or higher achievement for the stroke performance measures, as well as 75% or higher for 5 out of 9 optional quality measures.
“This award highlights our commitment to being one of the top hospitals in the country for providing aggressive, proven stroke care,” said Mark Gorman, MD, UVM Medical Group neurologist, director of the Fletcher Allen Stroke Program, and UVM associate professor of Neurology. “We’re honored to receive this additional validation that our expert Stroke Center staff provides best-practice care that saves lives and improves patient outcomes.”
These measures include aggressive use of medications such as t-PA (a protein designed to dissolve blood clots), antithrombotics (such as aspirin), anticoagulation (coumadin) therapy where appropriate, cholesterol-reducing drugs and smoking cessation, all aimed at reducing death and disability and improving the lives of stroke patients. Stroke is the third leading cause of death in the U.S. and the primary cause of long-term disability.
The Stroke Center team was also honored by the “Get with the Guidelines” program with a Silver Plus award in 2010 and a Bronze award in 2008, and has been classified as a Primary Stroke Center by The Joint Commission, the nation’s leading organization for setting health care quality standards.
Listen to an interview with Dr. Gorman on stroke care here. A blog from Dr. Gorman on stroke prevention is available here. More information on Fletcher Allen’s Stroke Center can be found here.