Lakeland Honored for Stroke Care by American Heart Association/American Stroke Association
Jul 8, 2015 Share

Photo Information: Lakeland stroke team members include, from left: Lou Ann Kater, Laura McLaughlin, Stefanie Greybar, Chris Fox, Dr. Robert Ward, Dr. Matthew Hysell, Marc Vanlake, Laura Grant, Lori Anne Huegel, Dr. Kevin Hoffman, Doris Glowacki, Stephanie Elder, and Michelle Piggee

(ST. JOSEPH) – Lakeland Health recently 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 a hospital’s commitment to ensuring that stroke patients receive the most appropriate treatment according to nationally recognized research-based guidelines.

To receive the Gold Plus Quality Achievement Award, 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 achieved 75 percent or higher compliance with five of eight quality measures. 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.

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

“I am very proud of the work that our team has accomplished – from the ER to critical care and our stroke units, all team members have helped provide exemplary care to our stroke patients in order to assist us in achieving this goal,” said Chris Fox, Director Medical and Surgical Services, Lakeland Health.

“We are pleased to recognize Lakeland Health for their commitment to stroke care,” said Deepak L. Bhatt, MD, MPH, national chairman of the Get With The Guidelines steering committee and Executive Director of Interventional Cardiovascular Programs at Brigham and Women’s Hospital and Professor of Medicine at Harvard Medical School. “Studies have shown that hospitals that consistently follow Get With The Guidelines quality improvement measures can reduce length of stay and 30-day readmission rates and reduce disparities in care.”

For patients, Get With The Guidelines - Stroke uses the “teachable moment,” the time soon after a patient has had a stroke, when they learn how to manage their risk factors while still in the hospital and recognize the F.A.S.T. warning signs of a stroke:

Face – Does the face look uneven? Ask the person to smile.
Arm – Does one arm drift down? Ask the person to raise both arms.
Speech – Does it sound strange? Ask the person to repeat a simple phrase, such as “the sky is blue.”
Time – if you observe any of these signs, then don’t wait to call 9-1-1.

To learn more about stroke signs and symptoms, visit

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