Central Carolina Hospital receives Get With The Guidelines-Stroke and Heart Failure Gold Plus Quality Achievement Award

August 8, 2016

Central Carolina Hospital has again received the American Heart Association/American Stroke Association’s Get With The Guidelines®-Stroke Gold Plus Quality Achievement Award as well as the Get With The Guidelines®-Heart Failure Gold Plus Quality Achievement Award. These awards recognize the hospital’s commitment and success in ensuring stroke and heart failure patients receive the most appropriate treatment according to nationally recognized, research-based guidelines based on the latest scientific evidence.
To receive the Stroke Gold Plus Quality Achievement Award, hospitals must achieve 85 percent or higher adherence to all Get With The Guidelines-Stroke achievement indicators for two or more consecutive 12-month periods and achieve 75 percent or higher compliance with five of eight Get With The Guidelines-Stroke Quality measures.

“A stroke patient loses 1.9 million neurons each minute stroke treatment is delayed. This achievement further demonstrates our commitment to delivering advanced stroke treatments to patients quickly and safely,” said Birtha Shaw, RN, MHA, Center of Excellence Coordinator at Central Carolina Hospital. “Central Carolina Hospital continues to strive for excellence in the acute treatment of stroke patients. The recognition from the American Heart Association/American Stroke Association’s Get With The Guidelines-Stroke further reinforces our team’s hard work.”

This marks the sixth year that Central Carolina Hospital has been recognized with the Stroke quality achievement award.  
Get With The Guidelines-Heart Failure is a quality improvement program that helps hospital teams follow the most up-to-date, research-based standards with the goal of speeding recovery and reducing hospital readmissions for heart failure patients. Launched in 2005, numerous published studies have demonstrated the program’s success in achieving patient outcome improvements, including reductions in 30-day readmissions. 

“Central Carolina Hospital is dedicated to improving the quality of care for our stroke and heart failure patients, and implementing the American Heart Association’s Get With The Guidelines-Heart Failure programs helps us to accomplish this goal by tracking and measuring our successes in meeting internationally-respected guidelines,” said John Maxwell, CEO of Central Carolina Hospital. 

Central Carolina Hospital was the first in North Carolina to achieve the Heart Failure quality achievement award and has received this award for eight consecutive years.

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 tools and resources to increase adherence to 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 6 million patients since 2001. For more information, visit heart.org.