Penobscot Bay Medical Center Recognized for
Implementing Quality Stroke Care
The American Heart Association/American Stroke Association are recognizing Penobscot Bay Medical Center for its performance in treating stroke patients using the association's Get With The GuidelinesSM program. Penobscot Bay Medical Center joins 518 other hospitals being featured in an advertisement in the July 21st "America's Best Hospitals" issue of US News & World Report.
GWTG is a hospital-based quality-improvement program designed to ensure that hospitals consistently care for stroke patients following the most up-to-date guidelines and recommendations. The program provides three modules that address coronary artery disease, heart failure and stroke. Currently more than 1,450 hospitals use one or more GWTG modules.
Upon meeting each module's criteria, hospitals are recognized if at least 85 percent of their stroke patients are treated and discharged according to the American Heart Association/American Stroke Association's recommendations.
The American Heart Association/American Stroke Association's advertisement recognizes Penobscot Bay Medical Center's commitment and success in performance achievement.
"The American Heart Association is pleased to recognize its top Get With The Guidelines participants," said Gregg C. Fonarow, MD, national chairman, Get With The Guidelines steering committee and director, Ahmanson-UCLA Cardiomyopathy Center. "The program makes it easier for hospitals like Penobscot Bay Medical Center to provide appropriate evidence-based care and ultimately improve the quality of life and help reduce the number of deaths in these heart and stroke patients."
"We are proud that the American Heart Association and American Stroke Association have chosen the 'America's Best Hospitals' issue of US News & World Report to recognize Penobscot Bay Medical Center for our achievements in their Get With The Guidelines program," said Dr. Robert Stein, a neurologist at Penobscot Bay Medical Center who specializes in stroke prevention and therapy. "Get With The Guidelines gives our professionals the tools and reports they need to effectively treat our stroke patients."
Get With The GuidelinesSM (GWTG) is the American Heart Association/ American Stroke Association's hospital-based quality improvement program that empowers healthcare teams to save lives and reduce healthcare costs by helping hospitals follow evidence-based guidelines and recommendations.