For the fourth year in a row, Gulf Coast Medical Center has received the American Heart Association/American Stroke Association’s Get With The Guidelines®-Stroke Gold Plus Quality Achievement Award. Get With The Guidelines Stroke helps hospital teams provide the most up-to-date, research-based guidelines with the goal of speeding recovery and reducing death and disability for stroke patients.
Gulf Coast Medical Center 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. These measures include aggressive use of medications and risk-reduction therapies aimed at reducing death and disability and improving the lives of stroke patients.
Gulf Coast Medical Center also received the association’s Target: Stroke Honor Roll for meeting stroke quality measures that reduce the time between hospital arrival and treatment with the clot-buster tPA, the only drug approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration to treat ischemic stroke. People who suffer a stroke who receive the drug within three hours of the onset of symptoms may recover quicker and are less likely to suffer severe disability.
“Time lost is brain lost with stroke. The Get With The Guidelines–Award, in addition to our streamlined system – which has improved our door to needle times, surpassing the national standard – demonstrates our commitment to being one of the top hospitals in the country for providing aggressive, proven stroke care,” says Josh DeTillio, Chief Administrative Officer of Gulf Coast Medical Center. “Gulf Coast is dedicated to continually improving care based on scientifically proven protocols to quickly and efficiently treat stroke patients and ultimately provide them with the best possible outcomes.”
“We are pleased to recognize Gulf Coast Medical Center for their commitment and dedication to stroke care,” said Deepak L. Bhatt, M.D., M.P.H., national chairman of the Get With The Guidelines steering committee and Executive Director of Interventional Cardiovascular Programs at Brigham and Women’s Hospital and Professor of Medicine at Harvard Medical School. “Studies have shown that hospitals that consistently follow Get With The Guidelines quality improvement measures can reduce patients’ length of stays and 30-day readmission rates and reduce disparity gaps in care.”
The number of acute ischemic stroke patients eligible for treatment is expected to grow over the next decade due to increasing stroke incidence and a large aging population. According to the American Heart Association/American Stroke Association, stroke is one of the leading causes of death and serious, long-term disability in the United States. On average, someone suffers a stroke every 40 seconds; someone dies of a stroke every four minutes; and 795,000 people suffer a new or recurrent stroke each year.
Gulf Coast Medical Center has been designated as a Comprehensive Stroke Center by the Florida Agency for Health Care Administration (AHCA). This designation recognizes hospitals that have the technology infrastructure, staff and training to treat patients with the most complex strokes, including advanced imaging capabilities, 24/7 availability of minimally invasive catheter procedures to treat stroke, and staff with the unique education and competencies to care for these patients.
Gulf Coast Medical Center is the only hospital in the region offering 24/7 neurointerventional coverage with a full team of specialists, support staff, a dedicated neuroscience intensive care unit for stroke patients and a hybrid operating suite equipped with state-of-the-art biplane angiography systems, offering life-saving care around-the-clock and close to home.