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Durham Regional Hospital Receives American Heart Association’s Get With The Guidelines Stroke Silver Quality Achievement Award

Nov. 12, 2012

DURHAM, NC – Durham Regional Hospital has received the Get With The Guidelines® Stroke Silver Quality Achievement Award from the American Heart Association. The award recognizes Durham Regional’s commitment and success in implementing a greater standard of care for stroke patients.

Get With The Guidelines— Stroke helps Durham Regional’s staff develop and implement acute and secondary prevention guideline processes to improve patient care and outcomes. The program provides hospitals with a patient management tool, best practice discharge protocols and standing orders, along with a robust registry and real-time benchmarking capabilities to track performance.    

“Durham Regional is dedicated to providing the highest quality care for our stroke patients,” said Lorrie Jones-Hartley, chief safety and quality officer at Durham Regional Hospital. “This recognition shows we are on the right track and we want our patients to know they are getting the best care available at their community hospital.”                   

Get With The Guidelines— Stroke recommends starting patients on aggressive risk-reduction therapies including the use of medications such as tPA, antithrombotics and anticoagulation therapy, along with cholesterol reducing drugs and smoking cessation counseling. These are all aimed at reducing death and disability and improving the lives of stroke patients. Hospitals must adhere to these measures at a set level for a designated period of time to be eligible for achievement awards. 

According to the American Heart Association/American Stroke Association, stroke is a leading cause of death and serious, long-term disability in the United States. On average, someone suffers a stroke every 40 seconds; someone dies of a stroke every four minutes and 795,000 people suffer a new or recurrent stroke each year.

“Lost brain function due to stroke can’t be recovered, so it’s essential to seek treatment as quickly as possible,” says Jones-Hartley. “At Durham Regional we continuously look for ways to improve the quality of care for stroke patients to reduce disability and save lives.”