Rush Oak Park Hospital Receives 2019 Get With The Guidelines-Stroke Gold Plus Quality Achievement Award

American Heart Association Award recognizes hospital’s commitment to quality stroke care

(June 24, 2019) - Rush Oak Park Hospital has received the American Heart Association/American Stroke Association’s 2019 Get With The Guidelines-Stroke Gold Plus Award along with the Honor Roll Elite Plus Achievement Award. The awards recognize 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.

Rush Oak Park Hospital earned the Gold Plus 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.

“Our focus is to continue to improve the quality of care of our stroke patients by implementing the American Heart Association’s Get With The Guidelines-Stroke initiative,” said Cynthia Fisch, RN, MBA, MPH, director of Quality Management at Rush Oak Park Hospital. “The tools and resources provided help us track and measure our success in meeting evidenced-based clinical guidelines developed to improve patient outcomes.”

Target: Stroke Honor Roll Elite Plus

Rush Oak Park Hospital additionally received the association’s Target: Stroke Honor Roll Elite 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.

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.

Rush Oak Park Hospital uses Rush Telestroke technology which enables the community hospital to work with stroke specialists at Rush University Medical Center. Rush also provides stroke diagnosis and treatment in communities with the Rush Mobile Stroke Unit stationed at Rush Oak Park Hospital.