CCH Earns National Awards for Stroke Care - Cape Cod Healthcare

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Published on August 10, 2020

Cape Cod Hospital Earns 
National Awards for Stroke Care


(Hyannis, MA – August 10, 2020) Cape Cod Hospital has been recognized nationally for achievement in stroke care with awards from the Paul Coverdell National Acute Stroke Program, a division of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and the American Heart Association/American Stroke Association.

Cape Cod Hospital was awarded the Coverdell Award for achieving “Door to CT within 25 mins from arrival for at least 75% of stroke patients,” as measured by the Coverdell Program and announced by the Massachusetts Department of Public Health (DPH).

To earn this recognition, which was offered for the first time in 2020, Cape Cod Hospital met the timing and percentage measures for all patients who were eligible for alteplase treatment and arrived at the hospital via EMS. In addition to the measurements of the award, Cape Cod Hospital also achieved the additional recommendation to engage EMS agencies in quality improvement activities aimed at improving this measure.

To earn the Coverdell System of Care Partnership Award, Cape Cod Hospital established a formal partnership, including a memorandum of understanding, with EMS and post-acute care facilities for quality standards of care.

Cape Cod Hospital also earned the American Heart Association/American Stroke Association’s Gold Get With The Guidelines Plus Quality Award, an advanced level of recognition for hospitals who meet quality measures for 24 consecutive months or more including dysphagia screening, stroke education, intensive statin therapy and time to IV thrombolytic therapy

Cape Cod Hospital also was named to the Target Type 2 Diabetes Honor Roll for improving gaps in Type 2 Diabetes care by the American Heart Association/American Diabetes Association.

“These recognitions are a testament to our tireless commitment to care quality and safety,” said Mike Lauf, president and CEO of Cape Cod Healthcare. “Continuous improvement in stroke care and achieving the highest quality standards are among the many ways we demonstrate our commitment to providing exceptional patient care.”

Stroke is the fourth leading cause of death in Massachusetts. To learn more about stroke prevention and awareness, visit https://www.capecodhealth.org/medical-services/stroke-awareness/.