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Duke Regional Hospital receives American Heart Association’s Get With The Guidelines-Stroke Gold Quality Achievement Award

Oct. 15, 2013

Durham, NC — Duke Regional Hospital has received the Get With The Guidelines®–Stroke Gold Quality Achievement Award from the American Heart Association. The award recognizes Duke Regional’s commitment and success in implementing a higher standard of care by ensuring stroke patients receive treatment according to nationally accepted guidelines.

This marks the second year Duke Regional has been recognized with a quality achievement award for stroke care by the American Heart Association. The hospital received a silver award in 2012. Duke Regional’s stroke program is also Joint Commission certified.

Following Get With The Guidelines-Stroke treatment guidelines helps Duke Regional’s staff improve patient care and outcomes. Guidelines include 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 the risk of death and disability and improving the lives of stroke patients. To achieve Gold status, Duke Regional had to follow these measures consistently for 24 consecutive months.

“Our stroke team and our hospital have worked so hard to provide consistent, evidence based care to our stroke patients,” said Candace Gentry, quality outcomes manager for stroke at Duke Regional.  “This award should give our patients and community confidence that Duke Regional Hospital is here to serve them and provide great care. I am so proud to work with such a great team.”

According to the American Heart Association/American Stroke Association, stroke is one of the leading causes 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.