VCU Medical Center and VCU Health Community Memorial Hospital (VCU Health CMH) received the “GoldPlus Get With The Guidelines – Stroke” Advanced Quality Award from the American Heart Association. Hospitals with this designation show an unparalleled commitment to ensuring that stroke patients receive the highest quality treatment according to nationally recognized and research-based guidelines, which saves more lives and lives. reduce disability.
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 speeding up recovery time.
To achieve GoldPlus status, a hospital must consistently adhere to the “Get With The Guidelines – Stroke” program for 24 or more consecutive months and provide the latest science-based care that can minimize the long-term effects of a stroke and even prevent the death.
To be considered, hospitals must provide timely care to patients admitted with a stroke diagnosis, often within an hour of arrival, among other criteria. A thorough assessment of rehabilitation services before the patient is discharged and stroke education are also part of the measures. VCU Medical Center and VCU Health CMH have received this award consecutively for the past three years.
VCU Medical Center has earned Comprehensive Stroke Center certification from the Joint Commission and the American Heart Association. This certification is designed for hospitals that have specific capabilities to receive and treat the most complex stroke cases. VCU Medical Center was the first to achieve this certification in Virginia in 2015.
VCU Health CMH has achieved Primary Stroke Center certification from the Joint Commission and the American Heart Association. A Primary Stroke Center certification recognizes healthcare organizations with healthcare professionals specifically trained in emergency stroke care. This includes anti-clot therapy and more extensive assessment and care than the average stroke-ready hospital does to help stabilize a patient. VCU Health CMH has achieved this certification within the past six years.
“We are extremely pleased to receive these awards for our commitment to caring for stroke patients,” said Mike Roussos, president of VCU Medical Center. “Participation in Get With The Guidelines and Comprehensive Stroke Center programs is associated with better patient outcomes, fewer readmissions and lower mortality rates – a win for patients, families and the communities served by the VCU Medical Center.”
A stroke occurs when a blood vessel that carries oxygen and nutrients to the brain is blocked by a clot or bursts. When this happens, part of the brain cannot get the blood and oxygen it needs, so the cells die. Timely care is directly linked to better outcomes.
“We are committed to improving patient care by adhering to the latest treatment guidelines,” said Scott Burnette, president of VCU Health CMH. “The AHA and the Joint Commission make it easier for our teams to put proven knowledge and guidelines into practice every day, which studies show can help patients recover better. The end goal is to ensure that more people in southern Virginia and northern North Carolina can live longer, healthier lives.
For more information on VCU Health’s expertise in stroke care, please visit our Richmond and South Hill web pages.