For the fourth consecutive year, Floyd Medical Center has been
honored by the American Heart Association for its care of stroke patients.
Floyd has received the Get With The Guidelines®-Stroke Gold Plus
Quality Achievement Award and the Target: Stroke Elite Plus Honor Roll
designation every year since 2015.
The quality achievement 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 qualify for the Target: Stroke Elite Plus Honor Roll,
hospitals must meet quality measures developed to reduce the time between
a 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.
Debbie Fisher, Stroke Program Coordinator at Floyd, said this award reflects
the hard work the staff has done to provide the best care for the stroke
population in the community and to keep stroke survivors as independent as
possible for the rest of their lives.
"We aim to teach everyone about their disease process and
how to manage risk factors, and to live life to the fullest every
day," said Fisher. "This award is given for consistently meeting
the measures required to give advanced care to the stroke population. We are honored
and are always working to improve our services for our patients here at
According to the American Heart Association/American Stroke
Association, stroke is the fifth-leading cause of death and a primary cause of
adult disability in the U.S. On average, someone in the U.S. suffers a stroke
every 40 seconds, and nearly 795,000 people suffer a new or recurrent stroke
“We are pleased to recognize Floyd Medical Center for its
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,
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.”
Get With The Guidelines® is the American Heart
Association/American Stroke Association’s hospital-based quality improvement
program that provides hospitals with tools and resources to increase adherence
to the latest research-based guidelines.