WHS Receives Award from American Heart Association

Washington Health System has received the Get With The Guidelines – Stroke Gold Plus Quality Achievement Award from the American Heart Association. The award honors the hospital’s “commitment and success in implementing a higher standard of care by ensuring that stroke patients receive treatment according to nationally accepted guidelines.” “Through hard work, dedication, and collaboration among all departments involved with stroke care, we have made our program a success,” said Washington Health System stroke coordinator Toni Behanna. “The challenge we face is ensuring patients get to the hospital as quickly as possible to be treated because time is brain.” This marks the third year in a row that Washington Health System has been recognized with a quality achievement award. “Educating our community is a priority! When you see signs or symptoms of a stroke, call 911 so medical personnel can immediately assess the person’s condition and transport to the emergency room. Our stroke certified emergency department team has established rapid treatment protocols to quickly diagnose and treat patients to minimize the effects of a stroke. Every second counts!,” stated Barb Stultz, manager of the Emergency Department. “Recent studies show that patients treated in hospitals participating in the American Heart Association’s Get With The Guidelines-Stroke program receive a higher quality of care and may experience better outcomes,” said Lee H. Schwamm, M.D., chair of the Get With The Get With The Guidelines National Steering Committee and director of the TeleStroke and Acute Stroke Services at Massachusetts General Hospital. “Washington Health System is to be commended for their commitment to improving the care of their patients.” Community outreach is key to stroke prevention and treatment. If your club or organization is looking for a speaker, please contact Toni Behanna, WHS stroke coordinator, at 724-223-3261 or via email at tbehanna@whs.org.


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