October 12, 2020
In recognition of its stroke care, TriStar Skyline Medical Center earned the Get With The Guidelines® Stroke Gold Plus with Honor Roll Elite Quality Achievement Award. The accolade is presented by the American Heart Association (AHA) and American Stroke Association (ASA).
Dustin Greene, CEO, TriStar Skyline, shared, “TriStar Skyline is proud of the coordinated effort we have between our EMS partners, primary care and specialty physicians, our emergency department team, our stroke services coordinator and our physical and occupational therapists, all of whom contribute to the exceptional clinical care and outcomes for our stroke patients.
“With the care provided at TriStar Skyline, we have seen remarkable life-changing results. When a patient has a stroke, the expert and timely care they receive often influences life or death, or debility versus ability for the rest of the patient’s life. Our team of expert physicians has been a national leader in stroke for many years and remains on the cutting edge of advancements to ensure every patient has what they deserve - the best.”
TriStar Skyline Chief Medical Officer R. Jason Thurman, MD, echoed Greene’s sentiments and noted this accolade underscores TriStar Skyline’s “continued commitment and success in implementing excellent care for stroke patients. This recognition was based on implementing evidence-based clinical guidelines and demonstrating a consistent and significant improvement in patient outcomes.”
Thurman also underscored the need for those with stroke-like symptoms to seek medical help immediately. The American Stroke Association reports stroke ranks as the No. 5 cause of death, with one person in the U.S. experiencing this medical emergency every 40 seconds. “Remember ‘BE FAST,’” he said. “Balance: sudden loss of balance. Eyes: vision loss in one or both eyes. Face: facial droop. Arms: weakness in one arm versus the other. Speech: confused or slurred speech. Time: call 911 now! Do not wait to see if the symptoms will get better; the quicker you seek help the better your chances are for recovery.”
TriStar Skyline earned the award by meeting specific quality achievement measures for the diagnosis and treatment of stroke patients at a set level for a designated period. These measures include evaluation of the proper use of medications and other stroke treatments aligned with the most up-to-date, evidence-based guidelines with the goal of speeding recovery and reducing death and disability for stroke patients. Before discharge, patients should also receive education on managing their health; get a follow-up visit scheduled, as well as other care transition interventions.