COLUMBUS — Baptist Memorial Hospital—Golden Triangle has received the American Heart Association’s SilverPlus Get With The Guidelines-Stroke Quality Achievement Award for its commitment to ensuring stroke patients receive the most appropriate treatment according to nationally recognized, research-based guidelines.
Stroke is the number five cause of death and a leading cause of adult disability in the U.S. 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. Early stroke detection and treatment are key to improving survival, minimizing disability and speeding recovery times.
Get With The Guidelines-Stroke was developed to assist healthcare professionals to provide the most up-to-date, research-based guidelines for treating stroke patients.
“Baptist Golden Triangle is honored to be recognized by the American Heart Association for our dedication to helping patients have the best possible chance of survival after a stroke,” said Baptist Golden Triangle Chief Medical Officer Dr. James Martin. “Get With The Guidelines- Stroke makes it easier for our teams to put proven knowledge and guidelines to work on a daily basis to improve outcomes for stroke patients,” he added.
Each year program participants apply for the award recognition by demonstrating how their organization has committed to providing quality care for stroke patients. In addition to following treatment guidelines, Baptist Golden Triangle also provides education to patients to help them manage their health and rehabilitation once at home.
“We are pleased to recognize Baptist Golden Triangle 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.”
With 315 beds, Baptist Memorial Hospital-Golden Triangle is one of the largest regional hospitals affiliated with the Memphis, Tennessee-based Baptist Memorial Health Care system.
More than 100 physicians and surgeons, representing almost every medical specialty, practice at the hospital, which offers a full range of comprehensive medical care to patients of all ages. In addition to Baptist Cancer Center locations in Columbus and Starkville, the hospital offers a variety of other services, including Baptist Behavioral Health Care for those with behavioral and mental health problems, an extensive rehabilitation department, and free community education programs for the public. Baptist Golden Triangle is the only hospital in Mississippi and one of only 27 in the U.S. to have achieved straight ‘A’s in Leapfrog’s Hospital Safety Score since 2012. For more information, please call 662-244-1000 or visit goldentriangle.baptistonline.org or follow us on Facebook at facebook.com/Baptistgoldentriangle .