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CMC Recognized with High Honors for Stroke Care in NH

Every 40-seconds, someone in the US suffers a stroke.  Quick response and quality care are the only formula for saving lives.  That’s why Catholic Medical Center is honored to receive the 2014 Get With The Guidelines®-Stroke Gold-Plus Quality Achievement Award for implementing specific quality improvement measures outlined by the American Heart Association/American Stroke Association for the treatment of stroke patients.

Get With The Guidelines®-Stroke helps hospital teams provide the most up-to-date, research-based guidelines with the goal of speeding recovery and reducing death and disability for stroke patients. Catholic Medical Center earned the award by meeting specific quality achievement measures for the rapid diagnosis and treatment of stroke patients at a set level for a designated period.  These measures include aggressive use of medications and risk-reduction therapies aimed at reducing death and disability and improving the lives of stroke patients.  

“Catholic Medical Center is dedicated to improving the quality of stroke care and we know that every moment counts in a medical emergency of this type so we have to be completely prepared,” said Dr. Joseph Pepe, President and CEO of CMC. “With this award, our hospital demonstrates our commitment to ensure that our patients receive care based on internationally-respected clinical guidelines that have proven results.”

Those results are a major factor in the creation of specific treatments designed to save patients from a potentially fatal stroke and to also help them have the best possible chance at a full recovery and a productive and active life.

“We are pleased to recognize Catholic Medical Center for their commitment and dedication to stroke care,” said Deepak L. Bhatt, M.D., M.P.H., national chairman of the Get With The Guidelines®-Stroke steering committee and Executive Director of Interventional Cardiovascular Programs at Brigham and Women's Hospital and Professor of Medicine at Harvard Medical School. “Studies have shown that hospitals that consistently follow Get With The Guidelines®-Stroke quality improvement measures can reduce patients’ length of stays and 30-day readmission rates and reduce disparity gaps in care.”

Get With The Guidelines®–Stroke also helps Catholic Medical Center’s staff implement prevention measures, which include educating stroke patients to manage their risk factors and to be aware of warning signs for stroke, and ensuring they take their medications properly. Hospitals can make customized patient education materials available upon discharge, based on the patients’ individual risk profiles. The take-away materials are written in an easy-to-understand format in either English or Spanish. 

According to the American Heart Association/American Stroke Association, stroke is the number four cause of death and a leading cause of adult disability in the United States.  On average, someone dies of a stroke every four minutes, and 795,000 people suffer a new or recurrent stroke each year.

About Catholic Medical Center
Catholic Medical Center (“CMC”) is one of New Hampshire’s largest medical centers, with a commitment to delivering the highest quality and most advanced healthcare to patients.  CMC is also the home of the New England Heart Institute, which has been rated by Truven Health Analytics™ as one of Top 50 Cardiovascular Hospitals in the Nation for 2014. With primary care practices that care for the very young to the young at heart and our dedication to community outreach programs, CMC is helping to foster a healthier community, everyday.

About Get With The Guidelines
Get With The Guidelines® is the American Heart Association/American Stroke Association’s hospital-based quality improvement program that provides hospitals with the latest research-based guidelines.  Developed with the goal of saving lives and hastening recovery, Get With The Guidelines has touched the lives of more than 4 million patients since 2001. For more information, visit heart.org/quality or heart.org/myhealthcare.


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