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DeKalb Medical Recognized by American Heart Association for Commitment to Quality Stroke Care

June 15, 2016

For Immediate Release

DeKalb Medical has received the American Heart Association/American Stroke Association’s Get With The Guidelines®-Stroke Silver Plus Quality Achievement Award with Target: StrokeSM Honor Roll. The award recognizes the hospital’s commitment and success ensuring that stroke patients receive the most appropriate treatment according to nationally recognized, research-based guidelines.

To receive the Silver Plus Quality Achievement Award, hospitals must achieve 85 percent or higher adherence to all Get With The Guidelines-Stroke achievement indicators for at least 12 consecutive months. During the same period the hospital must achieve 75 percent or higher compliance with five of eight Get With The Guidelines-Stroke Quality measures.

“The recognition from the American Heart Association/American Stroke Association’s Get With The Guidelines-Stroke further reinforces our team’s hard work,” said Stroke Coordinator, Chika Odioemene MSN, RN, NP.  "Our team takes pride in our program's progress over the past three years, and will continue to aim for the highest quality of care for our patients and our community."

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. tPA is approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration to treat ischemic stroke, the most common type of stroke. If given in the first three hours after stroke symptoms begin, tPA has been shown to significantly reduce the effects of stroke and lessen the chance of permanent disability.

 "A stroke patient loses 1.9 million neurons each minute stroke treatment is delayed. This [Target: Stroke Honor Roll] recognition further demonstrates our commitment to delivering advanced stroke treatments to patients quickly and safely,” said Joey Boiser, M.D., director, DeKalb Medical Center Stroke Program.

To learn more about DeKalb Medical’s Stroke Program, visit our website at http://ow.ly/15pX301i3Vw.

About DeKalb Medical

DeKalb Medical offers more than 700 doctors skilled in 55 medical specialties. The not-for-profit health care system consists of three campuses -- DeKalb Medical at North Decatur, DeKalb Medical LTAC at Downtown Decatur, and DeKalb Medical at Hillandale—as well as the DeKalb Medical Physicians Group with over 30 practices in DeKalb and Gwinnett counties. Founded in DeKalb County in 1961, DeKalb Medical is an established and active member of the community, offering a variety of award-winning, accessible services, including joint replacement, long-term acute care, surgical weight loss, mammography, heartburn solutions and more. The Maternity Center is the first in Georgia to receive the international “Baby-Friendly” hospital designation. The Cancer Center has been awarded the Outstanding Achievement Award by The Commission on Cancer of the American College of Surgeons. To learn more about DeKalb Medical, please visit our website: www.dekalbmedical.org.

About Get With The Guidelines®

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. For more information, visit heart.org.

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