Bon Secours DePaul Medical Center receives American Heart Association/American Stroke Association’s Get With The Guidelines-Gold Plus Achievement Award and the Target Stroke Elite Honor Award

Tuesday, June 14, 2016

Bon Secours DePaul Medical Center has received the Get With The Guidelines®-Gold Plus Achievement Award as well as the Target Stroke Elite Honor Award recognition from the American Heart Association/American Stroke Association.  The award recognizes Bon Secours DePaul’s commitment to providing the most appropriate and responsive stroke treatments according to nationally recognized research-based guidelines centered on the latest scientific evidence. 
To receive the Get With The Guidelines-Gold Plus Achievement Award, Bon Secours DePaul achieved at least 12 consecutive months of 85 percent or higher adherence to all Get With The Guidelines®-Stroke Quality Achievement indicators and achieved at least 75 percent or higher compliance with six of 10 Get With The Guidelines-Stroke Quality Measures during that same period of time, which are reporting initiatives to measure quality of care. The Target Stroke Honor Roll-Elite recognizes organizations that provide thrombolytic therapy within 60 minutes of arrival to the emergency department in 75 percent or more of acute ischemic stroke patients treated with IV tPA.
These measures include aggressive use of medications, such as antithrombotics, anticoagulation therapy, DVT prophylaxis, cholesterol reducing drugs and smoking cessation, all aimed at reducing death and disability and improving the lives of stroke patients.
“These awards honor the efforts of all of our stroke and vascular disease staff who work together both to prevent stroke and to rapidly and effectively treat people when strokes do occur,” said Armistead Williams, MD, board certified neurologist with Neurology Specialists and stroke medical director for Bon Secours DePaul.  “At the same time we must remember that awards only show where we have come and that there is much more work to be done to fight this disease which kills and disables so many people of all ages.
Get With The Guidelines-Stroke uses the “teachable moment,” the time soon after a patient has had a stroke, when they are most likely to listen to and follow their healthcare professionals’ guidance. Studies demonstrate that patients who are taught how to manage their risk factors while still in the hospital reduce their risk of a second heart attack or stroke. Through Get With The Guidelines-Stroke, customized patient education materials are made available at the point of discharge, based on patients’ individual risk profiles. The take-away materials are written in an easy-to-understand format and are available in English and Spanish. In addition, the Get With The Guidelines Patient Management Tool provides access to up-to-date cardiovascular and stroke science at the point of care.
“This recognition further demonstrates our commitment to delivering advanced stroke treatments to patients quickly and safely," said John R. Baker, MD, PhD, board certified neurologist and endovascular surgical neuroradiologist with Bon Secours Neuroscience Institute and medical director of the Bon Secours Hampton Roads Neurovascular Center and the Neuroscience ICU at Bon Secours DePaul.  “We know that as our population ages and the incidence for stroke increase, there will be a greater need for effectively and timely stoke treatments.”   
According to the American Heart Association/American Stroke Association, stroke is the No. 5 cause of death and a leading cause of disability in the US.  On average, someone suffers a stroke every 40 seconds; someone dies of a stroke every four minutes; and nearly 800,000 people suffer a new or recurrent stroke each year.
About Bon Secours Virginia Health System
Bon Secours Virginia Health System (BSV), the fourth-largest and only faith-based health system in Virginia, is comprised of Bon Secours Richmond and Bon Secours Hampton Roads. BSV includes seven award-winning hospitals: four in Richmond and three in Hampton Roads. Bon Secours brings together an expanding network of hospitals, primary care practices, ambulatory care sites and continuing care facilities to provide high-quality health care and wellness services to thousands of Virginians. The not-for-profit Catholic health system employs nearly 12,500 people. Bon Secours Virginia hospitals offer a full range of services, including cardiac, women’s, children’s, orthopaedics, emergency services, oncology, neurosciences and surgery.
About Get With The Guidelines
Get With The Guidelines® is the American Heart Association/American Stroke Association’s hospital-based quality improvement program that empowers healthcare teams to save lives and reduce healthcare costs by helping hospitals follow evidence-based guidelines and recommendations.  For more information, visit