Chestnut Hill Hospital has received the American Heart Association/American Stroke Association’s Get with the Guidelines®-Stroke Silver Plus Quality Achievement Award.

The award recognizes Chestnut Hill’s commitment and success in implementing a higher standard of stroke care by ensuring that stroke patients receive treatment according to nationally accepted standards and recommendations.

To receive the award, Chestnut Hill Hospital achieved for 12 consecutive months 85 percent or higher adherence to all Quality Achievement indicators and achieved at least 75 percent or higher compliance with six of 10 Get with the Guidelines-Stroke Quality Measures during that same period of time, which are reporting initiatives to measure quality of care.

“With a stroke, time lost is brain lost, and earning this award demonstrates our staff commitment to providing care that has been shown in the scientific literature to quickly and efficiently treat stroke patients with evidence-based protocols,” said Teresa Kelly, CNO, Chestnut Hill Hospital.

In addition to the Get with the Guideline-Stroke award, Chestnut Hill Hospital has also been recognized as a recipient of the association’s Target: Stroke Honor Roll, for improving stroke care.

“Following the Get with the Guidelines-Stroke program, our staff uses the time soon after a patient has had a stroke, when they are most likely to listen to and follow professional guidance, to teach them about stroke,” said Kelly.

Studies demonstrate that patients who are taught how to manage their risk factors while still in the hospital reduce their risk of a second heart attack or stroke. Patients take home customized education materials that are based on individual risk profiles.

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.

The seriousness of this medical condition is being recognized by those at Chestnut Hill Hospital. T heir hard work and determination is paying, off and they are receiving this well deserved recognition.