Shelby Baptist Medical Center Receives American Heart Association’s Get With The Guidelines® Stroke Care Achievement Award

Sep 17, 2021

Shelby Team Celebrates Going from Silver to Gold Status for Continued Improvement in Stroke Care

ALABASTER, ALA. – Shelby Baptist Medical Center today announced it received the American Heart Association/American Stroke Association’s Get With The Guidelines® Target: Stroke Honor Roll 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.

Shelby Baptist 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.

“Following our Primary Stroke Center accreditation in 2019, this latest achievement in moving from silver to gold status demonstrates our hospital’s continued dedication to improving the quality of care for our stroke patients by implementing the American Heart Association’s Get With The Guidelines-Stroke initiative,” said Shelby Baptist Medical Center CEO, Daniel Listi. “The tools and resources provided help us track and measure our success in meeting evidenced-based clinical guidelines developed to improve patient outcomes. To achieve this improvement especially during these times when volumes are high due to COVID-19, this team should be commended for this achievement, which reaffirms to our patients they can depend on our hospital to provide quality patient care.”


Brittany Stegall, RN and Stroke Program Coordinator at Shelby said she attributes the improvement to the amazing teamwork across departments.

“It takes a lot of people working together to deliver fast, quality care to our stroke patients and with this, we are able to ensure our patients have the best chance at positive outcomes,” she said. Further, she shared Shelby Baptist continues to deliver a higher level of care through the alignment with Brookwood Baptist Health to allow for neuro-intervention as part of the network of services.

Shelby Baptist additionally received the association’s Target: StrokeSM Honor Roll 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 Shelby 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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