Cape Cod Hospital Honored for Stroke Care
(Hyannis, May 26, 2011) Cape Cod Hospital’s Stroke Program has received the Silver Plus award from the American Heart Association/American Stroke Association’s Get With the Guidelines® program. The Silver Plus award acknowledges the hospital for achieving consistency on 11 Get With the Guidelines® Stroke Performance Achievement indicators for 12 consecutive months.
This award recognizes Cape Cod Hospital’s commitment and success in implementing a high standard of stroke care by ensuring that stroke patients receive treatment according to nationally accepted standards and recommendations. Some of those measures are: aggressive and appropriate use of medications, such as the clot-busting drug t-PA; anti-thrombotics; anticoagulation therapy; DVT prophylaxis; cholesterol-reducing drugs, as well as stroke education, smoking cessation education and use of rehabilitation services.
“The care our patients receive is our number one priority,” said Michael Lauf, President and CEO of Cape Cod Healthcare. “We are extremely proud of our physicians, nurses and quality improvement professionals for this accomplishment and for their commitment to excellence.”
“This was truly a group effort,” said Michael Markowski, D.O., CCH Stroke Program Medical Director. “This award demonstrates that our care of stroke patients at Cape Cod Hospital is excellent.”
“The accomplishment represents tremendous work on the part of many people at the hospital,” said Pauline Philie, Cardiovascular Quality Department Manager and CCH Stroke Program Coordinator. “The honor is particularly satisfying, because the CCH program volume has increased by 29 percent since 2009,” she said.
“We commend Cape Cod Hospital for its success in implementing standards of care and protocols,” said Lee H. Schwamm, M.D., chair of the national Get With the Guidelines® Steering Committee. “The full implementation of these guidelines is a critical step in saving the lives and improving outcomes of stroke patients.”
Cape Cod Healthcare is a comprehensive, regional health care system spanning the entire Cape. Cape Cod Healthcare is the leading provider of health care services for residents and visitors of Cape Cod. With more than 450 physicians, 4,500 employees and 1,100 volunteers, Cape Cod Healthcare has two acute care hospitals, the largest home health services agency on the Cape (VNA), a skilled nursing and rehabilitation facility, an assisted living facility and numerous health programs. For more information, visit Cape Cod Healthcare’s web site at www.capecodhealth.org.
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