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The Nebraska Medical Center Again Recognized for Outstanding Stroke and Cardiovascular Care

For the second year in a row, The Nebraska Medical Center has earned the American Heart Association/American Stroke Association's Get With The Guidelines® Stroke Gold Plus Achievement Award.

Get With The Guidelines is a hospital-based quality-improvement program designed to ensure hospitals consistently care for cardiac and stroke patients following the most up-to-date guidelines and recommendations. The program addresses coronary artery disease, heart failure and stroke. Currently more than 1,400 hospitals participate in the program.

Stroke is the leading cause of disability in the United States and the third leading cause of death.

The stroke team at The Nebraska Medical Center is poised to help patients seven days a week, 24 hours a day. The goal is to treat patients as soon as possible after the onset of stroke symptoms.

"Reducing stroke's devastating effects and preventing it can only be achieved with the right dedication, staffing, organization, and treatment," said Pierre Fayad, M.D., Director of the Stroke Center at The Nebraska Medical Center and Reynolds Centennial Professor & Chairman of Neurological Sciences at UNMC. "This recognition for our stroke center reassures our patients, their families and our community, that our staff and dedication allow us to deliver such complex care around the clock, and achieve similar results to the very best centers around the country.

To receive the award, The Nebraska Medical Center achieved 85 percent or higher adherence
to all Get With The Guidelines-Stroke Performance Achievement indicators for two or more consecutive 12-month intervals and achieved 75 percent or higher compliance with six of 10 Get With The Guidelines-Stroke Quality Measures, which are reporting initiatives to measure quality of care.

"This award is another demonstration of The Nebraska Medical Center's commitment to being among the top hospitals in the country for providing the best proven and effective stroke care," said Dr. Fayad. "We need to continue focusing on providing care according to the latest reliable scientific findings, and adapting them as quickly and efficiently as possible to treat stroke patients with evidence-based strategies."

The Nebraska Medical Center and the other Get With The Guidelines® recipient hospitals will be recognized in a special advertisement in the upcoming "Best Hospitals" issue of US News and World Report.

"The American Heart Association is pleased to recognize its top Get With The Guidelines participants," said. Lee Schwamm, M.D., national chairman of the Get With The Guidelines steering committee, associate professor of neurology at Harvard Medical School and Vice Chairman of Neurology at Massachusetts General Hospital. "Healthcare providers who use Get With The Guidelines are armed with the latest evidence-based guidelines and immediate access to clinical decision support, using a set of tools that have been shown to improve delivery of evidence-based care. The goal of this initiative is to improve the quality of life and help reduce deaths and disability among patients with heart disease and stroke." Schwamm added, "Published scientific studies are providing us with more and more evidence that Get With The Guidelines works. Patients are getting the right care they need when they need it. That's resulting in improved survival."


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