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Melrose-Wakefield Hospital receives Gold Plus Achievement Award for stroke care
Story Number is : 081317105
Hallmark Health

Melrose-Wakefield Hospital has received the Get With The Guidelines®-Stroke Gold Plus Quality Achievement Award from the American Heart Association/American Stroke Association. The award recognizes the hospital’s commitment and success in ensuring stroke patients receive the most appropriate treatment according to nationally recognized guidelines based on the latest scientific evidence.

“Our participation in Get With The Guidelines demonstrates our commitment to quality care,” said Barbara Marullo, BSN, RN, stroke coordinator, Hallmark Health. “We are dedicated to providing appropriate care quickly and safely to help our patients achieve the best possible outcomes.”

Hospitals must achieve 85 percent or higher adherence to the seven Get With The Guidelines-Stroke Achievement Measures and achieve 75 percent or higher compliance with five of eight Get With The Guidelines-Stroke Quality Measures for two or more years to receive the Gold Plus Quality Achievement Award. These measures help hospital teams apply the most up-to-date, evidence-based guidelines with the goals of speeding recovery and reducing death and disability for stroke patients. The measures focus on appropriate use of guideline-based care, which includes aggressive use of medications such as clot-busting and anti-clotting drugs, blood thinners, and cholesterol-reducing drugs; taking preventive action for deep vein thrombosis; and providing smoking cessation counseling.

Melrose-Wakefield Hospital and Lawrence Memorial Hospital of Medford are also designated by the Massachusetts Department of Public Health as Primary Stroke Service hospitals. The designation requires hospitals to follow specific protocols for patient assessment and care, and to commit to continuous education of the public about warning signs and symptoms of stroke. The hospitals’ multidisciplinary team provides emergency diagnostic and therapeutic services 24 hours a day, seven days a week, to patients with symptoms of acute stroke.

“Our goal is to ensure that all patients being treated for stroke receive all of the recommended care,” said Alec Walker, MD, MBA, chair of the Department of Emergency Medicine.

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