SPRINGFIELD — For the seventh year in a row, Mercy Medical Center has received the American Heart Assoc./American Stroke Assoc. Get with the Guidelines – Stroke Gold Plus Quality Achievement Award. The award recognizes the hospital’s commitment to ensuring stroke patients receive the most appropriate treatment according to nationally recognized, research-based guidelines based on the latest scientific evidence.
Mercy Medical Center earned the award by meeting specific quality-achievement measures for the diagnosis and treatment of stroke patients at a set level for a designated 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 with the goal of speeding recovery and reducing death and disability for stroke patients. Before discharge, patients should also receive education on managing their health, get a follow-up visit scheduled, as well as other care transition interventions.
Mercy has also met specific scientific guidelines as a primary stroke center, featuring a comprehensive system for rapid diagnosis and treatment of stroke patients admitted to the emergency department.
“Mercy Medical Center is not only dedicated to the delivery of high-quality care for our stroke patients, we also foster a culture of continuous improvement through the implementation of the American Heart Association’s Get with the Guidelines – Stroke initiative. The tools and resources provided help us track and measure our success in meeting evidenced-based clinical guidelines developed to improve patient outcomes,” said Dr. Robert Roose, chief medical officer of Mercy Medical Center and its affiliates. “As a proud recipient of the association’s Stroke Gold Plus Quality Achievement Award for the past seven years, we have additional confirmation of Mercy’s longstanding and ongoing commitment to excellence in patient care through a comprehensive approach.”