|Stroke Program Recognized for Quality of Patient Care
July 24, 2009
The Washington Hospital Center Stroke Center has received a 2009 Silver Performance Achievement Award from the American Heart Association/American Stroke Association’s Get With The Guidelines Program. The award recognizes the Stroke Center for consistently treating patients based on the most up-to-date guidelines and recommendations.
The Get With The Guidelines Program is a hospital-based quality-improvement program designed to empower health care teams to make decisions that will reduce deaths among stroke patients and improve the quality of life for stroke survivors. The Silver Performance Achievement Award is given to hospitals that are at least 85 percent compliant with the program guidelines for 12 consecutive months.
“We are very excited to receive this award,” said Amie Hsia, MD, medical director of the Washington Hospital Center Stroke Center. “The award underscores our commitment to deliver top quality care to our patients.”
Stroke is the third leading cause of death and one of the leading causes of serious long-term disability in the United States. The Hospital Center’s Stroke Center has been recognized as a leader in the treatment of stroke. It was the first in the District of Columbia to be designated a primary stroke center by The Joint Commission.