Wyoming Medical Center receives Get With The Guidelines - Stroke Gold Plus Quality Achievement Award
By Kristy Bleizeffer Aug 17, 2020
Wyoming Medical Center has received the American Heart Association/American Stroke Association’s Get With The Guidelines®-Stroke 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.
Wyoming 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.
“The Stroke team at WMC continues to perform at the highest levels delivering acute stroke care that is best in the nation,” said neurologist David B. Wheeler MD, PhD, FAAN, FAES, FAHA, medical director of Wyoming Medical Center’s Primary Stroke Center.
“I am incredibly proud of the work we do here and am especially excited about our ongoing efforts to develop the same level of stroke care in hospitals throughout the region.”
With the honor, Wyoming Medical Center received three additional distinctions from the association:
- 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. Wyoming Medical Center’s median door-to-needle time is 30 minutes.
- Advanced Therapy award. The award is given to hospitals measuring Door-To-Device (DTD) times in at least 50% of applicable patients within 90 minutes for direct arriving and within 60 minutes for transfer.
- Target: Type 2 Diabetes Honor Roll award. This recognition is given to hospitals meeting quality measures with more than 90% compliance for 12 consecutive months for the “Overall Diabetes Cardiovascular Initiative Composite Score.”
“We are pleased to recognize Wyoming Medical Center for their 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.
About Wyoming Medical Center
Wyoming Medical Center is Casper’s only nonprofit, full-service acute care hospital, located both in the heart of the city and the heart of Wyoming. We are a regional referral and trauma center serving 11 Wyoming counties, 19 communities and 250,000 lives. We are Wyoming’s first Primary Stroke Center and treat more than 200 strokes per year in patients across the state.
About Get With The Guidelines®
Get With The Guidelines® is the American Heart Association/American Stroke Association’s Get With The Guidelines® is the American Heart Association/American Stroke Association’s hospital-based quality improvement program that provides hospitals with tools and resources to increase adherence to the latest research-based guidelines. Developed with the goal of saving lives and hastening recovery, Get With The Guidelines has touched the lives of more than 9 million patients since 2001. For more information, visit heart.org/quality.
Dr. Wheeler is board certified in neurology, epilepsy and clinical neurophysiology. He is a Rhodes Scholar and the 2019 American Heart Association Physician of the Year. He serves on the boards for Wyoming Dementia Care and the American Heart Association (Southwest Affiliate.) He is director of the Wyoming Epilepsy Center and medical director of the Wyoming Medical Center Primary Stroke Center. His private practice is Wyoming Neurologic Associates, 2546 E. Second St. #600. Call (307) 265-4343 for a referral or appointment.