Friday, June 3, 2016

Cox Medical Center Branson recognized for commitment to quality stroke care

      Cox Medical Center Branson has received the American Heart Association/American Stroke Association’s Get With The Guidelines® - Stroke Silver Plus Quality Achievement Award. The award recognizes the hospital’s commitment and success in ensuring stroke patients receive the most appropriate treatment according to nationally recognized, research-based guidelines based on the latest scientific evidence.

       To receive the Silver Plus Quality Achievement award, Cox Medical Center Branson had to achieve an 85 percent or higher adherence to all Get With The Guidelines-Stroke achievement indicators for at least 12 consecutive months and during the same period achieve 75 percent or higher compliance with five of eight Get With The Guidelines-Stroke Quality measures. These quality measures are designed to help hospital teams provide the most up-to-date, evidence-based guidelines with the goal of speeding recovery and reducing death and disability for stroke patients.

       “This recognition further demonstrates our commitment to delivering advanced stroke treatments to patients quickly and safely,” said Misty Denevan, director of emergency services and critical care at Cox Medical Center Branson.  “Cox Medical Center Branson continues to strive for excellence in the acute treatment of stroke patients. The recognition reinforces our team’s hard work and commitment to being the best for those who need us.”

       “The American Heart Association and American Stroke Association recognize Cox Medical Center Branson for its commitment to stroke care,” said Paul Heidenreich, MD, MS, national chairman of the Get With The Guidelines Steering Committee and Professor of Medicine at Stanford University. “Research has shown there are benefits to patients who are treated at hospitals that have adopted the Get With The Guidelines program.”

       According to the American Heart Association/American Stroke Association, stroke is the No. 5 cause of death and a leading cause of adult disability in the United States. On average, someone in the U.S. suffers a stroke every 40 seconds, someone dies of a stroke every four minutes, and nearly 800,000 people suffer a new or recurrent stroke each year.