Atrium Medical Center Recognized for Excellence in Stroke Treatment

We’re pleased to share that Middletown’s Atrium Medical Center has earned another award for their outstanding service and practice.

Premier Health’s Miami Valley Hospital, Good Samaritan Hospital and Atrium Medical Center recently earned awards for providing the most appropriate stroke treatment in accordance with nationally recognized guidelines based on the latest scientific evidence, according to the American Heart Association/American Stroke Association.

Through the Get With The Guidelines® program, Miami Valley Hospital and Good Samaritan Hospital in Dayton earned the Stroke Gold Plus Quality Achievement Award with Target: Stroke℠ Honor Roll Elite.

In addition, Atrium Medical Center in Middletown earned the Stroke Gold Plus Quality Achievement Award with Target: Stroke℠ Honor Roll.

Hospitals must achieve 85 percent or higher adherence to all Get With The Guidelines-Stroke achievement indicators for two or more consecutive 12-month periods and achieve 75 percent or higher compliance with five of eight quality measures to receive the Gold Plus Quality Achievement Award.

To qualify for the Target: Stroke Honor Roll Elite and the Target: Stroke Honor Roll, 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. If given intravenously in the first three hours after the start of stroke symptoms, tPA has been shown to significantly reduce the effects of stroke and lessen the chance of permanent disability. Miami Valley Hospital, Good Samaritan Hospital and Atrium Medical Center earned these awards by meeting specific quality achievement measures for the diagnosis and treatment of stroke patients at a set level for a designated period.

These quality measures are designed to help hospital teams follow the most up-to-date, evidence-based guidelines with the goal of speeding recovery and reducing death and disability for stroke patients, according to the associations.

Good Samaritan Hospital and Atrium Medical Center are both certified as Advanced Primary Stroke Centers by The Joint Commission and American Heart/American Stroke Association. Premier Health’s Upper Valley Medical Center and Miami Valley Hospital South are certified as Acute Stroke Ready Hospitals by The Joint Commission and American Heart/American Stroke Association.

Elizabeth Gilbert works with stroke patient Deborah Bird.

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