VCU Health Community Memorial Hospital receives Get With The Guidelines-Stroke Gold Plus Quality Achievement Award

The American Heart Association and American Stroke Association recognizes VCU Health Community Memorial Hospital’s commitment to quality stroke care. 

VCU Health Community Memorial Hospital has received the American Heart Association and American Stroke Association’s Get With The Guidelines®-Stroke Gold 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. 

VCU Health CMH 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 death 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 

“VCU Health CMH is dedicated to improving the quality of care for our stroke patients by implementing the American Heart/American Stroke Association’s Get With The Guidelines-Stroke initiative,” said Lisa Smith, RN, BSN, CICU, Stroke Program Coordinator at VCU Health Community Memorial “The tools and resources provided help us track and measure our success in meeting evidenced-based clinical guidelines developed to improve patient outcomes.”  

VCU Health CMH additionally received the Association’s Target: StrokeSM Honor Roll 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  

Further, VCU Health CMH received the Association’s Type 2 Diabetes Honor Roll award. To qualify for this recognition, hospitals must meet quality measures developed with more than 90 % of compliance for 12 consecutive months for the “Overall Diabetes Cardiovascular Initiative Composite Score.” 

“We are pleased to recognize VCU Health CMH 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.

"Time to Wake Up"

The City of Richmond is not united
for its citizens have too many views,
yes the only thing they are sure of
is that they will make the nightly news.
It's clear that the tourists are aware
and their presence is sure to drop
allowing protestors to block the main streets
makes even locals afraid to shop.
They think by removing monuments
that their history will change
well history shall remain history
so that thought is kind of strange.
Yes and changing the names of many schools
is for sure a big charade
this will not help the children having trouble
for to get a passing grade.
You can put these children in a 2nd street school
one that has lots of class
yet the ones that can't study because of the name
still most likely will not pass.
The leaders are giving in to the protestors
on just about every little whim
still will they help to pay for all of this
the chances are quite slim.
Now their schools are rated very low
and the teachers need more pay
yet the city is making history
in much the very wrong way!
                         - Roy E. Schepp
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