The George Washington University Hospital Recognized For High-Quality Stroke Care

Washington, DC (May 17) – The George Washington University Hospital has received the Stroke Gold Plus Quality Achievement With Target Honor Roll Award from the American Heart Association (AHA) for their expert, high-quality stroke care. This award recognizes each hospital for following the AHA’s Stroke Performance Achievement Indicators for 12 consecutive months and complying with the AHA’s Quality Measures. These are the latest scientific guidelines from the AHA and the American Stroke Association.

“We are pleased to receive this recognition, which reflects the dedication and commitment of GW Hospital’s stroke team in providing high-quality care to patients suffering from a stroke,” said Gary Little, MD, chief medical director for GW Hospital.

GW Hospital was recognized for its door-to-needle times, which is the time between when a patient arrives at the hospital and when they receive anti-clotting medication. The hospital received AHA’s Target: Stroke Honor Roll award for achieving door-to-needle times of less than 60 minutes in at least 50 percent of patients.

“The award is another accomplishment to our stroke program and a testament that we are the only hospital in Washington, DC who received the Target Stroke Honor Roll Award,” said Dr. Little.”

“GW Hospital’s comprehensive stroke team works to identify stroke patients the moment they arrive at our hospital, so that treatment can begin immediately – giving these patients the best chance for recovery,” said Henry Kaminski, MD, Chairman, Department of Neurology at GW Hospital.

To qualify for the AHA’s stroke achievement awards, hospitals must meet certain criteria in their care of patients. These include ensuring that a high percentage of acute stroke patients who arrive at the hospital within two hours of the onset of stroke symptoms receive clot dissolving medication within three hours. In addition, the hospitals must ensure that patients who smoke receive smoking cessation advice or medication at discharge. Quality measures include stroke education and rehabilitation programs.

“Our team is constantly looking at the evidence-based, best practices in stroke care to help us meet the national quality metrics that define quality care for stroke patients,” said Kathleen Burger, MD, Director of Stroke Program at GW Hospital. “The AHA recognition tells us that we are a leader in this area.”

GW Hospital has an acute stroke unit, integrated emergency response systems and multidisciplinary stroke teams including neurologists, surgeons, emergency department physicians, nurses and a stroke program coordinator who ensures constant coordination of care among the various stroke program team members.

“Our highly skilled team has systems in place to provide quick, life-saving care at our hospital,” said Dr. Burger. “This team approach helps to save lives at a time when minutes matter the most.”

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