The American Heart Association/American Stroke Association’s Get With the Guidelines – Gold Plus Award has been given to the Cayuga Medical Center.
The award is for proven dedication that ensures all stroke patients have access to the best practices and life-saving care. The award given to Cayuga Medical Center (CMC) shows the hospital’s commitment to stroke patients in receiving the most appropriate treatment in nationally recognized, research-based guidelines that ultimately lead to lives saved and reduced disabilities.
“Our entire health system is dedicated to improving the quality of care for our stroke patients by implementing the American Heart Association’s Get With The Guidelines- initiatives,” said Dr. Caelyn Bellerose, Stroke Director & Emergency Medicine Physician at Cayuga Health. “The tools and resources provided help us track and measure our success in meeting evidenced-based clinical guidelines developed to ensure more of our patients can experience longer, healthier lives.”
CMC met the specific requirements to earn the American Stroke Association’s Target: Stroke Honor Award in achievement measures for the diagnosis and treatment of stroke patients for a set level during a two-year period.
“These measures include evaluation of the proper use of medications and other stroke treatments aligned with the most up-to-date, evidence-based guidelines. The goal is speeding recovery and reducing death and disability for stroke patients. Before discharge, patients also receive education on managing their health, get a follow-up visit scheduled, as well as other care transition interventions.” CMC said in a press release.
Strokes are the number 5 cause of death and a leading cause of disability in the nation, according to the American Heart Association/American Stroke Association.