Boca Raton, Fl, - May 16, 2018 - Boca Raton Regional Hospital (BRRH) has received the American Heart
Association/American Stroke Association’s Get With The Guidelines®-Stroke Gold Plus Elite Plus Quality Achievement award. The award recognizes
the Hospital’s commitment to ensuring stroke patients receive the
most appropriate treatment according to nationally recognized, research-based
guidelines based on the latest scientific evidence.
The Hospital earned the 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 recovery and reducing
mortality and disability for stroke patients. Before discharge, patients
should also receive education on managing their health, get a follow-up
visit scheduled, as well as other care transition interventions.
“Boca Raton Regional Hospital is dedicated to improving the quality
of care for our stroke patients by implementing the American Heart Association’s
Get With The Guidelines-Stroke initiative,” said Frank D. Vrionis,
MD, MPH, PhD, Director of the Marcus Neuroscience Institute at Boca Regional.
“The tools and resources provided help us track and measure our
success in meeting evidenced-based clinical guidelines developed to improve
patient outcomes. This is a wonderful accomplishment for the Marcus Neuroscience
Institute.” Commenting further, Dr. Vrionis said, “However,
it is important to emphasize that this honor also reflects the talent
and expertise of our Emergency Department staff and local Emergency Medical
BRRH additionally received the association’s Target Stroke Honor
Roll Elite PlusSM award. To qualify for this recognition, 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, the only drug approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration
to treat ischemic stroke.
“We are pleased to recognize Boca Raton Regional Hospital for their
commitment to stroke care,” said Eric E. Smith, M.D., National Chairman
of the Get With The Guidelines Steering Committee and an Associate Professor
of Neurology at the University of Calgary in Alberta, Canada. “Research
has shown that hospitals adhering to clinical measures through the Get
With The Guidelines quality improvement initiative can often see fewer
readmissions and lower mortality rates.”
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 in the U.S. suffers
a stroke every 40 seconds and nearly 795,000 people suffer a new or recurrent
stroke each year.
About Boca Raton Regional Hospital – Advancing the boundaries of medicine.
Boca Raton Regional Hospital is an advanced, tertiary medical center (BRRH.com) with 400 beds and more than 800 primary and specialty physicians on staff.
The Hospital is a recognized leader in oncology, cardiovascular disease
and surgery, minimally invasive surgery, orthopedics, women’s health,
emergency medicine and the neurosciences, all of which offer state-of-the-art
diagnostic and imaging capabilities. The Hospital is a designated Comprehensive
Stroke Center by the Florida Agency for Health Care Administration (AHCA).
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
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