Stroke care wins a 'gold’ distinction for Lahey Clinic from national program

Release Date: 07/30/2009

Margie Coloian
Communications and Marketing
Phone: (781) 744-3859

Stroke care wins a 'gold’ distinction for Lahey Clinic from national program

BURLINGTON, MA—The American Heart Association/American Stroke Association's Get With The GuidelinesSM program has awarded Lahey Clinic the 2009 Gold Performance Achievement Award in using evidence-based guidelines for stroke patient care. Lahey is one of 13 hospitals in Massachusetts to receive the distinction and one of 278 in the nation.

Along with other hospital recipients, Lahey is featured in the July 28 advertisement in the “America's Best Hospitals” issue of US News & World Report.

Get With The Guidelines is a hospital-based quality-improvement program designed to ensure that hospitals consistently care for stroke patients following the most current guidelines and recommendations.

The award, which takes the form of a Gold or Silver category, recognizes hospitals that have achieved at least 85 percent compliance with Get With the Guidelines measures. Only hospitals marking 85 percent compliance for 24 consecutive months are awarded the Gold Performance Achievement Award. Silver Performance Achievement Awards are assigned to hospitals with 85 percent compliance for 12 consecutive months. The program also addresses coronary artery disease and heart failure.

“We are proud that the American Heart Association and American Stroke Association have chosen Lahey Clinic as an award recipient,” said Kinan K. Hreib, MD, PhD, director of Lahey's stroke service. “Get With the Guidelines gives our professionals immediate access to clinical decision-making and delivers the care protocols that patients deserve and expect from Lahey Clinic.”

According to the American Stroke Association, each year approximately 700,000 people suffer a stroke. Of these, 500,000 are first attacks and 200,000 are recurring ones. Of stroke survivors, 21 percent of men and 24 percent of women die within a year, and for those age 65 and older, the percentage is higher.

About Lahey Clinic
Lahey Clinic, a physician-led, nonprofit group practice, is world-renowned for innovative technology, pioneering medical treatment, and leading-edge research. A teaching hospital of Tufts University School of Medicine, the Clinic provides quality health care in virtually every specialty and subspecialty, from primary care to cancer diagnosis and treatment to kidney and liver transplantation.