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Conroe Regional Medical Center Receives American Heart Association’s Get With The Guidelines-Stroke Gold Plus Quality Achievement Award

October 01, 2012

Conroe Regional Medical Center Receives American Heart Association’s Get With The Guidelines-Stroke Gold Plus Quality Achievement Award

Award Demonstrates Conroe Regional Medical Center’s Commitment To Quality Care For Stroke Patients

Conroe Regional Medical Center (CRMC) has received the Get With The Guidelines®-Stroke Gold Plus Quality Achievement Award from the American Heart Association. The award recognizes CRMC’s commitment and success in implementing a high standard of care by ensuring that stroke patients receive treatment according to nationally accepted guidelines. This marks the second year that CRMC has been recognized with a Get With The Guidelines-Stroke award.

Get With The Guidelines-Stroke helps CRMC’s staff develop and implement acute and secondary prevention guideline processes to improve patient care and outcomes. The program provides hospitals with a web-based patient management tool, best practice discharge protocols and standing orders, along with a robust registry and real-time benchmarking capabilities to track performance. The quick and efficient use of guideline procedures can improve the quality of care for stoke patients and may reduce disability and save lives.

“Recent studies show that patients treated in hospitals participating in the American Heart Association’s Get With The Guidelines-Stroke program receive a higher quality of care and may experience better outcomes,” said Lee H. Schwamm, M.D., chair of the Get With The Guidelines National Steering Committee and director for the TeleStroke and Acute Stoke Services at Massachusetts Genteral Hospital in Boston, Mass. “Conroe Regional Medical Center team is to be commended for their commitment to improving the care of their patients.”

Following Get With The Guidelines-Stroke treatment guidelines, patients are started on aggressive risk-reduction therapies including the use of medications such as tPA, antithrombotics and anticoagulation therapy, along with cholesterol reducing drugs and smoking cessation counseling. These are all aimed at reducing death and disability and improving the lives of stroke patients. Hospitals must adhere to these measures at a set level for a designated period of time to be eligible for the achievement awards.

“Conroe Regional Medical Center is dedicated to making our care for stroke patients among the best in the country,” said Jerry Nash, PhD, Chief Executive Officer. “The American Heart Association’s Get With The Guidelines-Stroke program helps our talented team of physicians and employees accomplish this goal.”

According to the American Heart Association/American Stroke Association, stroke is one of the leading causes of death and serious, long-term disability in the United States. On average, someone suffers a stroke every 40 seconds; someone dies of a stroke every four minutes; and 795,000 people suffer a new or recurrent stroke each year.

About Conroe Regional Medical Center

Conroe Regional Medical Center is a tertiary acute care hospital that has been serving the community for more than 70 years. It provides a 24-hour Trauma III emergency care center, Level III neonatal intensive care, critical care, cardiac care services and has a Satellite Imaging Center – Lake Area Imaging in Montgomery. CRMC is a Joint Commission Certified Advanced Primary Stroke Center, has an Accredited Chest Pain Center with PCI, TMF Award of Excellence in Quality, an American College of Radiology Award full Accreditation for Quality and Excellence in MR Imaging. CRMC has a recognized women’s center, physical therapy, radiology, hyperbaric medicine diagnostic/imaging services and wound care facilities. For more information on Conroe Regional’s programs and services call 936-539-1111 or go to www.conroeregional.com

About HCA Gulf Coast Division

HCA Gulf Coast Division is a comprehensive network of hospitals, outpatient surgery centers, emergency centers, cancer centers and diagnostic imaging facilities.  It offers a complete continuum of specialized health programs and services that meet the needs of Greater Houston and South Texas residents and businesses. HCA affiliated facilities in the Gulf Coast Division include 11 Hospitals, 7 ambulatory surgery centers, 6 diagnostic imaging facilities, 4 off campus emergency centers, 2 hospital-based express care centers and a regional transfer center that provides ground and air transportation to and from HCA Houston Affiliated Hospitals and any other healthcare facilities within a 150 mile radius. For more information visit our website at www.hcagulfcoast.com

About Get With The Guidelines

Get With The Guidelines® 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.  For more information, visit heart.org/quality