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North Mountain Honored with 'Gold Plus' Award for Stroke Care

For excellent stroke care, North Mountain Hospital earns Gold Plus Award
Ron Loomis, center, regional director of Quality Systems Improvement for the American Heart Association and American Stroke Association, presents the Gold Plus award to the North Mountain hospital's medical director for Stroke, neuro-intensivist Victor Zach, MD, left, and vice president for Patient Care Services Wayne Gillis.

John C. Lincoln North Mountain Hospital has been honored with a Gold Plus Award from the American Heart Association and American Stroke Association Get With the Guidelines – Stroke program.

The award was presented to North Mountain Hospital's medical director for Stroke, neuro-intensivist Victor Zach, MD, and vice president for Patient Care Services Wayne Gillis by Ron Loomis, regional director of quality systems improvement for the American Heart Association and American Stroke Association.

"The growing body of medical literature supports our belief that patients treated in institutions that participate in the American Heart Association's Get With The Guidelines - Stroke program have a better experience and get a significantly better level of care," Dr. Zach said.

"To put it simply," he added, "they survive and recover from stroke better. We at John C. Lincoln have been dedicated to making our stroke care world-class from day one. This award is recognition that our amazing team is on the fast track to achieving that goal."

Requirements for Earning the Gold Plus Award for Stroke Care

In order to qualify for the award, a hospital must complete at least five of the following requirements 85 percent of the time:

  • Acute ischemic stroke patients who arrive at the hospital within 120 minutes of the time the patient was last known well, for whom IV t-PA was initiated within 180 minutes of the time the patient was last known well. Corresponding measure is available for inpatient stroke cases.
  • Patients with ischemic stroke or TIA receive antithrombotic therapy by the end of hospital day two. Corresponding measure available for inpatient stroke cases.
  • Patients with ischemic stroke, hemorrhagic stroke, or stroke not otherwise specified receive VTE prophylaxis the day of or the day after hospital admission.
  • Patients with an ischemic stroke or TIA are prescribed antithrombotic therapy at discharge. Corresponding measure available for inpatient stroke cases.
  • Patients with an ischemic stroke or TIA with atrial fibrillation/flutter are discharged on anticoagulation therapy. Corresponding measure available for inpatient stroke cases.
  • Patients with ischemic or hemorrhagic stroke, or TIA with a history of smoking cigarettes, are, or whose caregivers are, given smoking cessation advice or counseling during hospital stay. Corresponding measure available for inpatient stroke cases.
  • Ischemic stroke or TIA patients with LDL ≥ 100, or LDL not measured, or on cholesterol-reducer prior to admission are discharged on statin medication. Corresponding measure available for inpatient stroke cases.

In addition, the hospital must achieve the following at least 75 percent of the time:

  • Dysphagia screening.
  • Stroke education.
  • Rehabilitation considered.
  • Meeting recommended times for administration of intravenous thrombolytic therapy.
  • Documenting LDL levels.
  • Administering intensive statin therapy.
  • Administration of IV rt-PA within 3.5 hours post-stroke; patients who arrive 3.5 hours post-stroke are treated within 4.5 hours of stroke.

North Mountain has qualified in past years for both the Silver and Gold Get With the Guidelines – Stroke Awards, but this is the first time the hospital has been awarded Gold Plus.

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