Emerson Health received the American Heart Association’s highest Gold Plus Get With the Guidelines ® Stroke Quality Achievement Award. The honor recognizes the hospital’s expertise in caring for stroke patients according to nationally recognized, research-based guidelines, that save lives and reduce disability.
Stroke is the fifth cause of death and a leading cause of adult disability in the United States. New research from the American Heart Association shows the rate of stroke is steadily rising among Americans younger than 49. Every forty seconds, someone in the United States suffers a stroke. Nearly 795,000 people suffer from stroke each year. Early stroke detection and treatment are essential to improve survival, minimize disability, and help patients recover faster.
Emerson meets or exceeds key quality measures established by the American Heart Association for the care of stroke patients. “We are pleased to receive the highest honor by the American Heart Association for our work to reduce the debilitating effects of stroke and help patients have longer, healthier lives,” said Christine Schuster, RN, MBA, president and CEO of Emerson Health. Every patient who comes to Emerson with stroke symptoms receives the highest quality care based on the latest guidelines.
Research shows there are benefits to patients treated at hospitals that adhere to the American Heart Association’s Get With The Guidelines program. Developed with the goal of saving lives and shortening recovery time, Get With The Guidelines has touched the lives of more than 12 million patients since 2001. For information about Emerson’s care of stroke patients, and warning signs of stroke, visit emersonhealth.org/stroke.