The Medical Center of Aurora Receives Stroke Achievement Award

The Medical Center of Aurora Receives Get With The Guidelines- Stroke Gold Plus Quality Achievement Award

Aurora, CO, July 6, 2011 - The Medical Center of Aurora (TMCA) has received the American Heart Association/American Stroke Association’s Get With The Guidelines®-Stroke Gold Plus Quality Achievement Award. The award recognizes TMCA’s commitment and success in implementing excellent care for stroke patients according to evidence-based guidelines.

To receive the award, TMCA achieved 85 percent or higher adherence to all Get With The Guidelines-Stroke Quality Achievement indicators for two or more years. The hospital also achieved 75 percent or higher compliance with six of ten Get With The Guidelines-Stroke Quality Measures, which are reporting initiatives to measure quality of care. These measures are all aimed at reducing death and disability and improving the lives of stroke patients.

“The Get With The Guidelines–Stroke Gold Plus Quality Achievement Award further demonstrates TMCA’s commitment to providing high quality stroke care,” said Cynthia Latney, Chief Nursing Officer at The Medical Center of Aurora/Centennial Medical Plaza. “Every second counts in stroke care and TMCA staff and physicians are dedicated to treating strokes with the best practices available,”

“The Medical Center of Aurora is to be commended for its commitment to implementing standards of care and protocols for treating stroke patients,” said Lee H. Schwamm, M.D., chair of the Get With The Guidelines National Steering Committee and director of the TeleStroke and Acute Stroke Services at Massachusetts General Hospital in Boston. “The full implementation of acute care and secondary prevention recommendations and guidelines is a critical step in saving the lives and improving outcomes of stroke patients.”

Get With The Guidelines–Stroke encourages the use of 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.

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

About The Medical Center of Aurora

The Medical Center of Aurora, the first community hospital in the Denver Metro area to receive Magnet Recognition for nursing excellence is an acute care hospital with specialization in cardiovascular services, neurosciences, oncology, surgery and women’s services. The Medical Center of Aurora also has Primary Stroke Certification.

The hospital is a Level II trauma center, serving the eastern metro area and I-70 corridor with emergency care, EMS education and support. Licensed for 346 beds, the facility is located at Interstate 225 and Mississippi in Aurora, Colo., and encompasses Main and North Campus locations along with Centennial Medical Plaza in the southeast metro area. Selected as a "Best Place to Work" by the Denver Business Journal (2010), the hospital and its three campuses are part of the HealthONE System of Excellence.

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 heart.org/quality.