Wilcox Medical Center in Līhuʻe is one of three Hawai’i Pacific Health medical centers to receive the American Heart Association’s Get With The Guidelines-Stroke Quality Award.
Straub Medical Center in Honolulu and Pali Momi Medical Center in West O’ahu also received the award.
The award honors medical centers’ commitment to ensuring that stroke patients receive the most appropriate treatment according to nationally recognized and research-based guidelines, which ultimately leads to more lives saved and a reduction of disability.
“We are extremely pleased to recognize Pali Momi, Straub, and Wilcox Medical Centers for their commitment to caring for stroke patients,” said Dr. Steven Messe, president of the Stroke System of Care Advisory Group, in a statement. hurry. “Participation in Get With The Guidelines is associated with better patient outcomes, fewer readmissions and lower mortality rates – a win for healthcare systems, families and communities.”
The Get With The Guidelines program puts the expertise of the American Heart Association and the American Stroke Association to work for hospitals nationwide. Get With The Guidelines-Stroke is a hospital-based program aimed at improving stroke care by encouraging consistent adherence to these guidelines, which can minimize the long-term effects of stroke and even prevent death.
Stroke is the fifth leading cause of death and one of the leading causes of disability in the United States. Early detection and treatment of strokes are key to improving survival, minimizing disability and accelerating recovery times.
“Hawai’i Pacific Health medical centers, including Pali Momi and Straub, are committed to improving patient care,” said David Underriner, executive vice president of operations for Hawai’i Pacific Health at O ‘ahu, in the press release. “This includes making sure our team is always well trained in the latest treatment guidelines, which studies show can help patients recover better.”
Program participants qualify for the award by demonstrating how their organization is committed to providing quality stroke patient care. In addition to following treatment guidelines, participants also educate patients to help them manage their health and recovery at home.
“The end goal is to ensure that more people in Kauaʻi and across Hawaiʻi can live longer, healthier lives,” said Jen Chahanovich, president and CEO of Wilcox Medical Center and CEO of Kauaʻi. Medical Clinic, in the press release. “This Get With The Guidelines recognition is an honour. This reinforces our team’s dedication to implementing proven knowledge and guidelines on a daily basis.
All three medical centers also received Target: StrokeSM Honor Roll Elite recognition from the American Heart Association. To be eligible, healthcare facilities must meet specific criteria that reduce the time between an eligible patient’s arrival at the hospital and treatment with the anti-clot alteplase.
Pali Momi, Straub and Wilcox also received the Target: Type 2 Diabetes Honor Roll from the American Heart Association. The program aims to ensure that patients with type 2 diabetes, who may be at higher risk for complications, receive the latest evidence-based care when hospitalized due to stroke.