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Augusta Health’s Stroke Program wins Get With The Guidelines Silver Plus award

In April, the American Heart Association/American Stroke Association awarded the Augusta Health Stroke Program the Get With The Guidelines®-Stroke Silver Plus award.

“It’s an honor to receive this award,” says Kira Griffin, BSN, RN, coordinator of the Stroke Program. “A national organization is looking at data of how we’re taking care of our patients and saying we’re doing a good job.”

Get With The Guidelines®-Stroke is an in-hospital program that aims to improve patient care through adherence to the latest evidence-based treatment guidelines. Being a part of the program benefits Augusta Health because “it’s a way to get quality data on all of our stroke patients,” says Griffin. “This allows us to identify where we can improve and make our program better for our patients.”

The silver award is recognition for reaching an aggressive set of goals for stroke patients for 12 consecutive months. The “plus” is additional recognition for Augusta Health’s expanded performance during the 12-month period, providing quality care with five additional evidence-based therapies beyond the regular measures. The Stroke Program also was named to the Target: Stroke Honor Roll, which recognizes a t-PA (tissue plasminogen activator) time of 60 minutes or less in at least 50 percent of acute ischemic stroke patients. The t-PA treatment helps dissolve clots and improve blood flow, which increases the chances of recovery for stroke patients.

The achievement is a team effort involving all the Stroke Program’s staff, says Griffin. “Each member of our interdisciplinary team is critical to ensuring the success of our patient outcomes,” she says.

The program’s goal is to build upon this success and win a Gold Plus award next year, which would reflect 24 consecutive months of achieving Get With The Guidelines®-Stroke performance standards