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June 6 2016

ProHealth Care hospitals achieve national recognition for stroke care

ProHealth Waukesha Memorial Hospital and ProHealth Oconomowoc Memorial Hospital have once again 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 hospitals that demonstrate 85 percent or greater compliance in each of the seven Get With the Guidelines stroke achievement measures over 24 months or more. In addition, hospitals must achieve 75 percent compliance or greater with five of eight Get With the Guidelines-Stroke Quality measures.

Waukesha Memorial Hospital has received the award for eight consecutive years, and Oconomowoc Memorial has received the award for seven consecutive years.

Elite status reflects the hospitals’ success in reducing the time between a patient’s arrival in the emergency department and treatment with tissue plasminogen activator (tPA), a clot-busting medication used 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.

“The award recognizes the hospitals’ commitment to ensuring that stroke patients receive the most appropriate treatment according to nationally recognized, research-based guidelines that are rooted in the latest scientific evidence,” said Veronica Laak, nurse practitioner and stroke program coordinator. “Both hospitals work year-round to improve patient care outcomes in the communities we serve, and we’re proud to be recognized for that effort.”

 “It is an honor for our medical teams to be recognized for their dedication to treating stroke patients with the highest quality of care,” said Julie Jackson, director of ProHealth Care’s stroke program. “We are committed to working with the American Heart Association/American Stroke Association to ensure that ProHealth patients receive the best care based on the latest scientific guidelines.”

Waukesha Memorial and Oconomowoc Memorial also meet Joint Commission guidelines as Primary Stroke Centers, which means that they use nationally recognized guidelines for rapid treatment of stroke designed to improve patient outcomes and prevent future strokes.

Stroke is the fifth leading cause of death in the United States and is a leading cause of adult disability. On average, someone suffers a stroke every 40 seconds and someone dies of a stroke every four minutes.  

For more information information, please visit ProHealthCare.org/Stoke.


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