Hospital Gains Certification as Primary Stroke Center

WATERBURY — Waterbury Hospital was recently awarded advanced certification as a Primary Stroke Center by the Joint Commission. The certification is valid until April 2021 and based on a review of compliance with national standards, clinical guidelines and outcomes of care.

This month, Waterbury Hospital was also awarded the American Heart Association/American Stroke Association’s Get With The Guidelines Target: Stroke Honor Roll Elite Plus Gold Plus Quality Achievement Award.

This award recognizes the hospital’s commitment to ensuring stroke patients receive the most appropriate treatment according to nationally recognized, research-based guidelines developed from the latest scientific evidence.

Waterbury Hospital earned the Get With the Guidelines 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 up recovery and reducing death and disability for stroke patients.

The hospital also had to meet quality measures developed to reduce the time between the patient’s arrival at the hospital and treatment with the clot-busting medication called tissue plasimogen activator.

TPA is currently the only drug approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration to treat ischemic stroke.

“The Joint Commission stroke certification and Get With the Guidelines Stroke Award are a testament to the dedication of our doctors, nurses and staff to providing outstanding stroke care for our patients,” President and CEO Peter Adamo said. 

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 suffers a stroke every 40 seconds; someone dies of a stroke every four minutes; and 795,000 people suffer a new or recurrent stroke each year.

Get With The Guidelines is the American Heart Association/American Stroke Association’s hospital-based quality improvement program that provides hospitals with tools and resources to increase adherence to the latest research-based guidelines.

Developed with the goal of saving lives and hastening recovery, Get With The Guidelines has touched the lives of more than 6 million patients since 2001.

Those seeking additional information about the initiative may visit www.heart.org.

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