American Heart Association, American Stroke Association recognize Lexington Medical Center for exceptional care

Stroke patients are receiving top-notch care at Lexington Medical Center, according to findings by the American Heart Association and American Stroke Association.

The hospital picked up its fourth “Gold Plus” Quality Achievement award for stroke care from the two national organizations. The honor is given through the Get With The Guidelines®-Stroke program and is the highest award conferred to hospitals for stroke care.

“Lexington Medical Center is proud to receive this award as it demonstrates our commitment to being one of the top hospitals in the country for providing effective, evidence-based stroke care,” said Vicky Hicks, outcomes coordinator at Lexington Medical Center.

Gold Plus status recognizes medical systems that aggressively utilize proven medications, therapy, cholesterol-reducing drugs and smoking cessation programs in order to reduce death and improve the lives of stroke patients. Hospitals also must adhere to the best guidelines related to stroke care including patient education about risk factors.

Data from the American Heart Association and American Stroke Association indicate that stroke is one of the leading causes of death in the United States. A person suffers a stroke every 40 seconds, and 795,000 people suffer a stroke annually.

“Recent studies show that patients treated in hospitals participating in the American Heart Association’s Get With The Guidelines®-Stroke program receive a higher quality of care and may experience better outcomes,” said Lee H. Schwamm, M.D., chair of the Get With The Guidelines® National Steering Committee. “Lexington Medical Center’s team is to be commended for their commitment to improving the care of their patients.”

For the first time, Lexington Medical Center earned the American Heart Association’s Target: Stroke award, an extension of Get With The Guidelines®. This campaign promotes the reduction of door-to-treatment time patients and education of healthcare providers.

Lexington Medical Center was recognized by Target: Stroke for offering prompt care shown to improve recovery.

The hospital also received a Bronze Achievement award for the Get With The Guidelines — Heart Failure program and a Gold Achievement award for the Get With The Guidelines — Resuscitation program. These awards recognize the hospital’s efforts to improve patient care and outcomes for heart failure and cardiac arrest patients, respectively.

Risk factors for stroke are untreated high blood pressure, diabetes, smoking and high cholesterol. Learn more about warning signs online.

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