MVH Receives Get With The Guidelines®-Stroke Gold Plus Quality Achievement Award With Target: Stroke Honor Roll


(September 20, 2017 - Carroll Township, Pa.)

Monongahela Valley Hospital (MVH) received the American Heart Association/American Stroke Association's Get With The Guidelines®-Stroke Gold Plus Quality Achievement Award with Target: Stroke℠ Honor Roll. The award recognizes the Hospital's commitment to providing the most appropriate stroke treatment according to nationally recognized, research-based guidelines based on the latest scientific evidence.

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 Get With The Guidelines-Stroke Quality measures to receive the Gold Plus Quality Achievement Award.

To qualify for 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. MVH 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 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.

"A stroke patient loses 1.9 million neurons each minute stroke treatment is delayed. This recognition further demonstrates our commitment to delivering advanced stroke treatments to patients quickly and safely," said Mary Lou Murt, senior vice president of Nursing. "MVH continues to strive for excellence in the acute treatment of stroke patients. The recognition from the American Heart Association/American Stroke Association's Get With The Guidelines-Stroke further reinforces our team's hard work."

MVH has also met specific scientific guidelines as a Primary Stroke Center or as a Comprehensive Stroke Center, featuring a comprehensive system for rapid diagnosis and treatment of stroke patients admitted to the emergency department.

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 in the U.S. suffers a stroke every 40 seconds, someone dies of a stroke every four minutes, and nearly 800,000 people suffer a new or recurrent stroke each year.

In addition to receiving the Get With The Guidelines-Stroke Gold Plus Quality Achievement Award with Target: Stroke Honor Roll, MVH was named one of America's Best Stroke Centers by the Women's Choice Award®. These distinctions, as well as The Joint Commission's Certification for being a Primary Care Stroke Center, are further recognitions of the quality of stroke care offered at Monongahela Valley Hospital.

MVH Receives Get With The Guidelines-Stroke Gold Plus Quality Achievement Award With Target: Stroke Honor Roll photo
Pictured front row (l. to r.) are Kathleen Slebodnik, RN, nurse manager; Kristen Pergola, data quality manager, Utilization Review; Kelly Macheska, American Heart Association; Maggie Timko, RN, stroke care coordinator; Gina Hrach, director Quality and Systems Improvement, American Hearts Association/American Stroke Association; Natalee Peters, RN, Emergency Department; and Jan Forlini, director, Imaging Services. In the back row (l. to r.) are Becky Kahl, data quality abstractor, Utilization Review; Emilee Hawk, RN, Emergency Department; Kevin Claybaugh, RN, Cardiac Care Unit; Sherry Watkins, RN, assistant vice president, Nursing; Jeff Bomba, RN, nurse manager, ICU; and Dave Ray, supervisor, CT.


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