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Published on December 14, 2009

Mercy Receives American Stroke Association's Get With The Guidelines Gold Performance Achievement Award

Mercy Medical Center received the American Stroke Association's Get With The GuidelinesSM-Stroke Gold Performance Achievement Award. The award recognizes Mercy's commitment and success in implementing a higher standard of stroke care by ensuring that stroke patients receive treatment for at least 24 months according to nationally accepted standards and recommendations.

"With a stroke, time lost is brain lost, and the Get With The Guidelines-Stroke Gold Performance Achievement Award addresses the important element of time," says Diane Handler, Stroke Coordinator at Mercy.

Mercy has developed a comprehensive system for rapid diagnosis and treatment of stroke patients admitted to the emergency department. This includes always being equipped to provide brain imaging scans, having neurologists available to conduct patient evaluations and using clot-busting medications when appropriate.

To receive the Get With The Guidelines-Stroke Gold Performance Achievement Award, Mercy demonstrated 85% adherence in the Get With The Guidelines-Stroke key measures for 24 or more consecutive months. These include aggressive use of medications like tPA, antithrombotics, anticoagulation therapy, DVT prophylaxis, cholesterol-reducing drugs, and smoking cessation.

According to the American Stroke Association, each year approximately 795,000 people suffer a stroke - 610,000 are first attacks and 185,000 are recurrent. Every 40 seconds, someone in the United States is suffering from a stroke. This deadly condition accounts for 1 out of every 18 deaths in the United States.