Meeting the Gold Standard
FHN Memorial Hospital Earns AHA/ASA Gold Plus Status

We were proud to announce this September that FHN Memorial Hospital has received the American Heart Association/American Stroke Association's Get With The Guidelines® - Stroke Gold Plus Quality Achievement Award.

Quite a mouthful, isn't it? What it boils down to is a formal recognition of our healthcare team's hard work and commitment to saving lives. We have worked toward this recognition, literally, for years. 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 stringent quality measures to be eligible for the Gold Plus award.

The Get With The Guidelines – Stroke quality measures are designed to help us provide our patients the most up-to-date, evidence-based care in hopes of reducing death and disability and speeding recovery for our patients who experience a stroke.

"Our caring team works every day to turn these treatment guidelines into lifelines for people who come to FHN Memorial Hospital with stroke symptoms," says FHN President and CEO Mark Gridley. "We couldn't be prouder of their achievement. Being honored for giving excellent patient care is the best recognition a hospital can get."

The Guidelines

The Get With the Guidelines – Stroke Registery focuses on care for stroke patients, including aggressive use of medications such as clot-busting and anti-clotting drugs, cholesterol-reducing drugs, and preventive action for deep vein thrombosis and smoking cessation counseling.

"With a stroke, time lost is brain lost, and this award demonstrates our commitment to ensuring patients receive care based on nationally-respected clinical guidelines," said FHN Stroke Program Coordinator Tracy Love, MSN, RN, CNL. "FHN is dedicated to improving the quality of stroke care and the American Heart Association/American Stroke Association's Get With The Guidelines – Stroke helps us achieve that goal." For providers, Get With The Guidelines-Stroke offers quality-improvement measures, discharge protocols, standing orders and other measurement tools. Providing hospitals with resources and information that make it easier to follow treatment guidelines can help save lives and ultimately reduce overall healthcare costs by lowering readmission rates for stroke patients.

According to the American Heart Association/American Stroke Association, stroke is the number five cause of death and a leading cause of adult disability in the United States. On average, someone suffers a stroke every 40 seconds, someone dies of a stroke every four minutes, and 795,000 people suffer a new or recurrent stroke each year.

Stroke Team representatives (left to right) Telemetry Nursing Operations Leader Megan Loomis; Asst. VP, Ancillary Services/Safety Officer Robin Scalise; President and CEO Mark Gridley; Stroke Program Coordinator Tracy Love; Emergency Services Nursing Director Denise Book; VP, Patient Services/CNO Kathryn Martinez accepted the award.