Published on November 25, 2019

Chestnut Hill Hospital Receives Get with the Guidelines Target: Stroke Honor Roll Elite Plus Gold Plus Quality Achievement Award

Chestnut Hill Hospital 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. 

Chestnut Hill Hospital 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. 

“Chestnut Hill Hospital is dedicated to improving the quality of care for our stroke patients by implementing the American Heart Association’s Get With The Guidelines-Stroke initiative,” says Melissa Leach, MSN, RN, stroke and chest pain coordinator, Chestnut Hill Hospital. “The tools and resources provided help us track and measure our success in meeting evidenced-based clinical guidelines developed to improve patient outcomes.”  

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. 

Chestnut Hill Hospital additionally received the Target: Blood Pressure Gold Award. To qualify for this recognition, Chestnut Hill Hospital partners with the American Heart Association and the American Medical Association in response to the high prevalence of uncontrolled blood pressure. Target: Blood Pressure helps improve blood pressure control rates through this quality improvement program and recognizes organizations for reaching 70 percent blood pressure control or higher within their patient population.

Developed with the goal of saving lives and hastening recovery, Get with the Guidelines® has touched the lives of more than 6 million patients since 2001.