Houston Methodist Sugar Land Hospital Receives – Get With The Guidelines Target: Stroke Gold Plus Achievement Award

Houston Methodist Sugar Land Hospital has received the American Heart Association/American Stroke Association’s Get With The Guidelines® Stroke Gold Plus, Target: Stroke Honor Roll Elite Plus and Target: Type 2 Diabetes Honor Roll awards. These awards recognize 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.

Houston Methodist Sugar Land earned the Association’s Gold Plus award by meeting quality achievement measures for the diagnosis and treatment of stroke patients over the course of the past year. These measures include proper use of medications and stroke treatments aligned with the most up-to-date, evidence-based guidelines with the goal of speeding recovery and reducing death and disability for stroke patients. Another measure includes patients receiving education on their health and scheduling a follow-up visit.

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Houston Methodist Sugar Land additionally received the association’s Target: StrokeSM Honor Roll Elite Plus award. This award recognizes hospitals that meet quality measures developed to reduce the time between the patient’s arrival at the hospital and treatment with the lifesaving medication alteplase. Houston Methodist Sugar Land was also awarded the Target: Type 2 Diabetes Honor Roll award. This award aims to ensure patients with Type 2 diabetes, who might be at higher risk for complications, receive the most up-to-date, evidence-based care when hospitalized due to stroke.

“We’re 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 Chris Siebenaler, Regional Senior Vice President and CEO. “We measure our success in meeting guidelines developed to improve our patients’ outcomes.”

“We are pleased to recognize Houston Methodist Sugar Land for its commitment to caring for those in their community who need cardiovascular care,” said John Warner, M.D., FAHA, past president of the American Heart Association and executive vice president for health system affairs at UT Southwestern Medical Center, in Dallas. “Hospitals that follow the American Heart Association’s quality improvement protocols often see improved patient outcomes, fewer readmissions and lower mortality rates – a win for health care systems, families and communities.”

According to the American Heart Association/American Stroke Association, stroke is the No. 5 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.

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