John C. Lincoln Deer Valley Hospital Honored with Silver-Plus Award for Stroke Care

John C. Lincoln Deer Valley Get With The Guidelines-Stroke Silver-Plus Quality Achievement Award

John C. Lincoln Deer Valley Hospital received the Get With The GuidelinesĀ®-Stroke Silver-Plus Quality Achievement Award for implementing specific quality improvement measures outlined by the American Heart Association/American Stroke Association for the treatment of stroke patients.

Get With The Guidelines Stroke 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. John C. Lincoln Deer Valley Hospital earned the award by meeting specific quality achievement measures for the diagnosis and treatment of stroke patients at a set level for a designated period. These measures include aggressive use of medications and risk-reduction therapies aimed at reducing death and disability and improving the lives of stroke patients.

John C. Lincoln Deer Valley Hospital also received the association's Target: Stroke Honor Roll for meeting stroke quality measures that reduce the time between hospital arrival and treatment with the clot-buster tPA, the only drug approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration to treat ischemic stroke. People who suffer a stroke who receive the drug within three hours of the onset of symptoms may recover quicker and are less likely to suffer severe disability.

"Our physicians and staff are dedicated to improving the quality of stroke care," said Donna Sells, orthopedic/neurosciences service line administrator. "This award recognizes our hospital's commitment that our patients receive the highest level of care based on internationally-respected clinical guidelines."

According to the American Heart Association/American Stroke Association, stroke is the number four cause of death and a leading cause of adult 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.

"These are eye-opening numbers," said Victor Zach, MD, medical director of stroke and neurocritical care. "John C. Lincoln Deer Valley Hospital has an award winning stroke team available 24/7, and is equipped with state-of-the-art telerobots, which connect doctors with the patient, to evaluate them, wherever they are within the health system."

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