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TGMC Honored with Distinguished American Heart Association Award

12/18/2014

 TerrebonneGeneral Medical Center (TGMC) has received the Get With The Guidelines®–Stroke Silver Quality Achievement Award for implementingspecific quality improvement measures outlined by the American Heart Association/Stroke Association for the treatment of stroke patients. They become the onlyhospital in the region to achieve this prestigious designation from theAmerican Heart Association (AHA). This marks the 2nd year that TGMChas been recognized with a quality achievement award from AHA.  TGMC previous received the bronze stoke awardand is now receiving the Silver recognition.

        TGMC earned the award by meetingspecific quality achievement measures for the rapid diagnosis and treatment ofstroke patients at a set level for a designated period.  These measures include proper use ofmedications and aggressive risk-reduction therapies aimed at reducing death anddisability and improving the lives of stroke patients. Get With TheGuidelines–Stroke program helps hospital teams provide the most up-to-date,research-based guidelines with the goal of speeding recovery and reducing deathand disability for stroke patients.

        “TGMC is dedicated to improving thequality of stroke care and the American Heart Association’s Get With TheGuidelines–Stroke program helps us to accomplish this goal,” said PhyllisPeoples, president and CEO of TGMC. “With this accreditation, our hospitaldemonstrates our commitment to ensure that our patients receive the best carebased on internationally-respected clinical guidelines.”

TGMC’s Health and Rehabilitation Department holds an acclaimedaccreditation for its stroke specialty program by the Commission forAccreditation of Rehabilitation Facilities (CARF), making it the only hospitalin the Tri-Parish area with this designation and one of only four suchfacilities in the entire state.

      “We are pleased to recognize TGMC fortheir commitment and dedication to stroke care,” said Deepak L. Bhatt, M.D.,M.P.H., national chairman of the Get With The Guidelines steeringcommittee and Executive Director of Interventional Cardiovascular Programs atBrigham and Women's Hospital and Professor of Medicine at Harvard MedicalSchool. “Studies have shown that hospitals that consistently follow Get WithThe Guidelines quality improvement measures can reduce patients’ length ofstays and 30-day readmission rates and reduce disparity gaps in care.”

        According to the American HeartAssociation/American Stroke Association, stroke is the number four cause ofdeath 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 fourminutes; and 795,000 people suffer a new or recurrent stroke each year.

                TheGet With The Guidelines–Stroke Silver Quality AchievementAward was presented to TGMC by Brittany Gay of the American HeartAssociation, New Orleans Chapter on Thursday, December 11, 2014.  Additionally, staff of TGMC celebrated theaward of the Chest Pain Accreditation,a prestigious international accreditation designated by the Society ofCardiovascular Patient Care along with the ChampionsFor Quality Care recognition from the Louisiana Hospital Association

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