ETMC Tyler is being recognized in U.S. News and World
Report magazine as a 2013 gold plus achievement award winner
for the treatment of stroke patients.
Presented by the American Heart Association, the award will be
featured in the August issue of the publication. Listed hospitals
have successfully utilized the AHA's "Get with the Guidelines"
program for coronary artery disease, heart failure or stroke.
ETMC was recognized in the stroke category for 24 months of 75
percent or higher adherence on select quality measures in addition
to at least 24 months of 85 percent or higher adherence on all
achievement measures for stroke.
"Get with the
Guidelines" is the premier
hospital-based quality improvement program for AHA and the American
Stroke Association. It empowers healthcare provider teams to
consistently treat heart and stroke patients according to
the most up-to-date guidelines.
"ETMC implemented the AHA's Get with the Guidelines program to
expand and improve the care we provide in treating and preventing
stroke," said Bob Evans, administrator/CEO of ETMC Tyler. "We
are very proud of this recognition."
ETMC Tyler was the first hospital in East Texas to become a
certified stroke center as designated by the Joint Commission on
Accreditation of Healthcare Organizations. The designation
indicates the hospital is dedicated to providing high-quality
stroke treatment and care. To qualify as a certified center, a
facility must establish standardized protocols to assure consistent
care. Physicians and staff must be educated in the diagnosis and
treatment of stroke, and systems for continuous quality improvement
must also be in place.
"East Texans face one of the highest stroke mortality rates in
our state, and we are working to change that by providing community
education that urges individuals to seek care quickly if they show
symptoms of stroke, which increase their chance of survival and
recovery," Evans said.