Bon Secours Maryview Medical Center Receives American Heart Association's/American Stroke Association's Get With the Guidelines Gold Plus Achievement Award and the Target Stroke Plus Elite Honor Roll

Thursday, June 16, 2016

Bon Secours Maryview Medical Center has received the Get With The Guidelines®- Gold Plus Achievement Award as well as the Target Stroke Elite Plus Honor Roll recognition from the American Heart Association/American Stroke Association.  The award recognizes Bon Secours Maryview’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 Maryview achieved at least 24 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.  In addition Maryview has earned the target elite plus award which recognizes those facilities that administer Activase, the only FDA approved clot busting drug, within 60 minutes in greater than 75% of cases for eligible patients.
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.
"As each second passes after a stroke, more brain is lost. This award is a reflection of our staff’s commitment to providing evidence-based care that has been shown to quickly and efficiently treat stroke patients,” said Michael Gebel, MD, a board-certified neurologist and the medical director of the Bon Secours Neuroscience Center.  “We are proud of your staff’s efforts and dedication to offering what has been proven as the best care for patients suffering from strokes.”
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.
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