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Piedmont Newnan honored for stroke program


  • By Melanie Ruberti
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  • Jun. 05, 2018 - 7:32 PM

Piedmont Newnan honored for stroke program

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Piedmont Newnan Hospital

The American Heart Association is recognizing Piedmont Newnan’s commitment to quality stroke care.

The hospital recently received the organization’s “Get With The Guidelines-Stroke Gold Plus Quality Achievement Award.”

The award commends the hospital’s commitment to ensuring stroke patients receive the most appropriate treatment according to nationally recognized, research-based guidelines, which are designed using the latest scientific evidence.

Piedmont Newnan 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 of time.

These quality measures are designed to help doctors and staff follow the most up-to-date guidelines with the goal of speeding up recovery times, and reducing death and disability for stroke patients.

“Piedmont Newnan is dedicated to improving the quality of care for our stroke patients by implementing the American Heart Association’s Get With The Guidelines-Stroke initiative,” said Debbie Camp, Stroke Program Manager. “The tools and resources provided help us track and measure our success in meeting evidenced-based clinical guidelines developed to improve patient outcomes.”

Piedmont Newnan additionally received the American Heart Association’s Target: Stroke Honor Roll Elite award.

To qualify for this recognition, hospitals must meet 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.

“We are pleased to recognize Piedmont Newnan for their commitment to stroke care,” said Eric E. Smith, M.D., national chairman of the Get With The Guidelines Steering Committee and an associate professor of neurology at the University of Calgary in Alberta, Canada. “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.”

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 and nearly 795,000 people suffer a new or recurrent stroke each year.