Jul 2, 2012 10:02 AM by Cecilia Stevenson
The Stroke Center at Lafayette General Medical Center (LGMC) received a Bronze Award under the American Heart Association/American Stroke Association's "Get With The Guidelines®" program. The award recognizes hospitals that demonstrate a high level of compliance with certain criteria outlined within the program.
"This was a coordinated team effort, led by our physicians," says Cathy Palmer, Director of Ortho-Neuro-Post Acute Services at LGMC. "We're very excited. It truly does improve patient care," she says of the program. Lafayette General is an accredited Stroke Center of Excellence by the Joint Commission.
A Bronze Award recognizes a performance of 90-consecutive days with at least 85% compliance under seven guidelines that measure Patient Management Tools such as timely treatment, smoking cessation advice or other discharge criteria.
Palmer is optimistic LGMC will continue its performance streak, which could garner the hospital a higher medal in future results. Silver and Gold awards are given for 12- and 24-consecutive months, respectively. "We will strive to continue and hopefully get a silver because we are persistently getting quality outcomes for patients in our community."