Mercy Medical Center Recognized for Stroke Care

SPRINGFIELD — Mercy Medical Center has received the Defect-free Care Award from the Stroke Collaborative Reaching for Excellence (SCORE), a voluntary, statewide, quality-improvement collaborative administered by the Mass. Department of Public Health (DPH), supporting primary-stroke-service hospitals. Defect-free status is achieved when patients receive the appropriate care based on clinical guidelines.
The SCORE Defect-free Care Award recognizes hospitals that provided high-quality care to 80{06cf2b9696b159f874511d23dbc893eb1ac83014175ed30550cfff22781411e5} or more of their stroke patients from October 2011 to September 2012. The number of SCORE hospitals providing defect-free care to the majority of their patients has increased significantly over the last four years, resulting in many more patients receiving high-quality care. Stroke is the third-leading cause of death in the Commonwealth and a leading cause of adult disability. Immediate assessment and treatment are critical to help improve outcomes.
“At Mercy Medical Center, we strive to provide high-quality care in every patient encounter, and we are proud that our efforts have been recognized with this prestigious award from DPH’s SCORE program,” said Dr. Scott Wolf, senior vice president of Medical Affairs, chief medical officer, and chief operating officer at Mercy Medical Center. “This award is further confirmation of Mercy’s commitment to improving the quality of care for stroke patients, knowing that such outstanding care can drive better outcomes.”
In 2012, Mercy Medical Center received the Get with the Guidelines Stroke Gold Plus Quality Achievement Award from the American Heart Assoc. The award recognizes Mercy’s commitment and success in implementing a higher standard of care by ensuring that stroke patients receive treatment according to nationally accepted guidelines.