Houston Methodist Sugar Land Hospital Receives Get With The Guidelines Target: Stroke Honor Roll Elite Plus Gold Plus Quality Achievement Award

Houston Methodist Sugar Land Hospital.

Houston Methodist Sugar Land Hospital has been awarded the American Heart Association/American Stroke Association’s Get With The Guidelines® Stroke Gold Plus and Target: Stroke Honor Roll Elite Plus Gold Plus Quality Achievement Awards. These awards recognize the hospital’s commitment to ensuring stroke patients receive the most appropriate treatment according to nationally recognized, research-based guidelines.

Houston Methodist Sugar Land earned the award by meeting specific quality achievement measures designed to promote recovery and reduce death and disability following a stroke. These measures include prompt assessment and timely intervention, including the use of clot-busting medications, and other life-sustaining treatments. Patients learn to manage their risk-factors for stroke, participate in rehabilitation, and prepare for life outside the hospital.

“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 James Ling, M.D., Houston Methodist Sugar Land’s Stroke Director. “We measure our success in the outcomes of our patients. These awards evidence our commitment to bring the most up-to-date, research-based stroke care to the Fort Bend community.” Wamda Ahmed, M.D., medical director of comprehensive stroke, added, “We are proud of these awards and the unparalleled teamwork of our nurses, physicians, therapists, imaging teams and case managers. Each team member is integral to providing the best possible care for the more than 600 patients with stroke whom we treat annually.”

“We are pleased to recognize Houston Methodist Sugar Land for their commitment to stroke care,” said Lee H. Schwamm, M.D., national chairperson of the Quality Oversight Committee and Executive Vice Chair of Neurology, Director of Acute Stroke Services, Massachusetts General Hospital, Boston, Massachusetts. “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 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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