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Brookwood Baptist Medical Center Recognized by American Heart Association as Only Hospital in Birmingham for Highest Level Achievement in Stroke Care

Aug 11, 2020

Brookwood Baptist Medical Center today announced it received the American Heart Association/American Stroke Association’s Get With The Guidelines® Target: Stroke Honor Roll Elite Plus Gold Plus Quality Achievement Award. The award recognizes the hospital’s commitment to ensuring stroke patients receive the most appropriate treatment according to nationally recognized, research-based guidelines based on the latest scientific evidence.

Stroke-Care-200-x-250Brookwood Baptist Medical Center earned the award by meeting specific quality achievement measures for the diagnosis and treatment of stroke patients at a set level for a designated period. These measures include evaluation of the proper use of medications and other stroke treatments aligned with the most up-to-date, evidence-based guidelines with the goal of speeding recovery and reducing death and disability for stroke patients. Before discharge, patients should also receive education on managing their health, get a follow-up visit scheduled, as well as other care transition interventions.

“Brookwood Baptist Medical Center is dedicated to enhancing the quality of care for our stroke patients, and we are proud to be recognized for the third consecutive year as having achieved the highest level of stroke care quality measures,” said Tim Puthoff, CEO of Brookwood Baptist Medical Center. “Our Stroke Program Medical Director, Interventional Neurologist Dr. Jitendra Sharma, and the Brookwood Stroke Care Team led by Josh Talley, RN are to be commended for this achievement, which underscores our commitment to provide only the highest level of care to our patients.”

Brookwood Baptist Medical Center additionally received the association’s Target: StrokeSM Elite Plus award. To qualify for this recognition, hospitals must meet quality measures developed to reduce the time between the patient’s arrival at the hospital and treatment with the clot-buster tissue plasminogen activator, or tPA, the only drug approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration to treat ischemic stroke.

“We are pleased to recognize Brookwood Baptist Medical Center for its commitment to stroke care,” said Lee H. Schwamm, M.D., national chairperson of the Quality Oversight Committee and executive vice chair of Neurology, director of Acute Stroke Services, Massachusetts General Hospital, Boston, Massachusetts. “Research has shown that hospitals adhering to clinical measures through the Get With The Guidelines quality improvement initiative can often see fewer readmissions and lower mortality rates.”

According to the American Heart Association/American Stroke Association, stroke is the No. 5 cause of death and a leading cause of adult disability in the United States. On average, someone in the U.S. suffers a stroke every 40 seconds and nearly 795,000 people suffer a new or recurrent stroke each year.
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