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ETMC Tyler receives national recognition for treatment of stroke

ETMC Tyler has been recognized as a silver annual performance award winner for the treatment of stroke patients. The American Heart Association is spotlighting ETMC and other hospitals in the July issue of U.S. News and World Report. Listed hospitals have successfully utilized the AHA’s “Get with the Guidelines” program for coronary artery disease, heart failure or stroke.

ETMC was recognized in the stroke category for 12 consecutive months at 85 percent or higher adherence to all performance measures.

Get with the Guidelines improvement program
“Get with the Guidelines” is the premier hospital-based quality improvement program for AHA and the American Stroke Association. It empowers healthcare provider teams to consistently treat heart and stroke patients according to the most up-to-date guidelines.

“ETMC implemented the AHA’s Get with the Guidelines program to expand and improve the care we provide in treating and preventing stroke,” said Bob Evans, administrator/CEO of ETMC Tyler. “We are very proud of this recognition.”

ETMC Tyler was the first hospital in East Texas to become a certified stroke center as designated by the Joint Commission on Accreditation of Healthcare Organizations. The designation indicates the hospital is dedicated to providing high-quality stroke treatment and care. ETMC’s stroke program has two neuro-interventionalists and also offers round-the-clock coverage for hemorrhagic stroke patients.

To qualify
To qualify as a certified center, a facility must establish standardized protocols to assure consistent care. Physicians and staff must be educated in the diagnosis and treatment of stroke, and systems for continuous quality improvement must also be in place.

“East Texans face one of the highest stroke mortality rates in our state, and we are working to change that by providing stroke care and also community education that urges individuals to seek care quickly if they show symptoms of stroke,” Evans said. “The faster they seek care, the better their chance of survival and recovery.”

Originally posted July 23 2009