Hospital of Central Connecticut stroke program receives award
New Britain [August 11 2010] -
In recognition of its high quality stroke care
, The Hospital of Central Connecticut (HCC) has received a Silver Plus Performance Achievement Award through participation in Get With The Guidelines ®, an American Heart Association/American Stroke Association quality improvement program for hospitals that focuses on stroke treatment.
The award signifies HCC demonstrated 12 consecutive months of excellence in following patient care treatment guidelines for its stroke patients. The hospital’s achievement is recognized in an advertisement in the August “America’s Best Hospitals” issue of U.S. News and World Report magazine.
“We are delighted that the Hospital of Central Connecticut has received national recognition for exemplary care of stroke patients,” says Michael R. Grey, M.D., M.P.H., FACP, chief of Medicine. “This has been a true team effort combining the skills and dedication of our nurses, our physicians, our rehabilitation staff, and many others in the interdisciplinary care of this group of patients.”
In 2007, the hospital joined Get With The Guidelines, which offers a Web-based system to regularly measure and evaluate its stroke patients’ treatment. HCC is one of over 1,400 hospitals participating in the program.
HCC neurologist and Stroke Center medical director Timothy Parsons, M.D., notes that in addition to helping the hospital focus on tasks that help to differentiate its center’s care toward optimal stroke recovery and prevention, the Get With The Guidelines program also compares HCC’s task performance to that of other participating hospitals.
Last year, the Joint Commission awarded HCC advanced certification as a Primary Stroke Center. In 2008, the hospital was also designated a Primary Stroke Center by the Connecticut Department of Public Health.
The hospital’s Stroke Center treats patients who have had strokes and TIAs (transient ischemic attacks). It also provides education for hospital inpatients and the community on stroke prevention via identifying risk factors, including smoking and conditions like high blood pressure, diabetes and heart and artery disease, age, family history of stroke, gender and prior stroke, heart attack or TIA.
The American Stroke Association estimates that about 795,000 Americans annually suffer a new or recurrent stroke. Stroke kills more than 137,000 people a year, and is the third leading cause of death. Stroke symptoms include numbness or weakness of the face, arm or leg (especially on one side of the body); sudden confusion, trouble speaking or understanding; sudden trouble seeing; sudden dizziness, loss of balance or coordination; and sudden severe headache with no known cause.
For more information about strokes or the hospital’s Stroke Center, please call Kristen Hickey, R.N., M.S.N., HCC Stroke Center coordinator, at 860-224-5900 x6764.
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