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Backus recognized for stroke initiatives

May 24, 2012

NORWICH – The American Heart Association has recognized the Backus Stroke Center for meeting national standards for stroke care.

The Get with the Guidelines-Stroke Silver Quality Achievement Award is one of the many initiatives Backus will be celebrating during National Stroke Awareness Month.

The silver designation acknowledges Backus’ commitment and success in implementing evidence-based standards for stroke care, which means patients are receiving the best care without having to travel to larger tertiary hospitals.

“This recognition is significant because in a relatively short period of time, it shows that Backus has been able to incorporate national guidelines for stroke care across the continuum,” said Anthony Alessi, MD, neurologist and Medical Director of the Backus Stroke Center. “There are so many facets of care involved in this recognition, it’s a huge accomplishment. All of this equates to a better quality of care for patients with stroke.”

To receive the Get With The Guidelines-Stroke Silver Quality Achievement Award, Backus consistently complied for at least one year with the requirements in the Get With The Guidelines–Stroke program. This 12-month evaluation period is the second in an ongoing self-evaluation by the hospital to continually reach the 85% compliance level needed to sustain this award.

“The clinical staff and multidisciplinary team of the stroke center work diligently to provide quality patient care,” said Karen Butterworth, RN, MSN, E3/PCU, Stroke Program Director.  “It is a great honor to be recognized for our partnership with stroke patients and their families. We take great pride in our ability to care for this special population.”

Get With The Guidelines–Stroke uses the “teachable moment,” the time soon after a patient has had a stroke, when they are most likely to listen to and follow their healthcare professionals’ guidance. Studies demonstrate that patients who are taught how to manage their risk factors while still in the hospital reduce their risk of a second heart attack or stroke. Through Get With The Guidelines–Stroke, customized patient education materials are made available at the point of discharge, based on patients’ individual risk profiles.

“The accomplishments by this team are outstanding and proof of the tremendous positive impact interdisciplinary collaboration coupled with the use of evidence-based practice can have on achieving excellence,” said Mary Bylone, RN, MSM, CNL, Vice President and Chief Nursing Officer. “Despite the quick accomplishments of this team, this achievement is the result of tremendous work. We are very proud of this team.”