Friday, February 24, 2012 - Broward Health Broward General Medical Center Primary Stroke Center Recognized with Get With The Guidelines®-Stroke Gold Plus Quality Achievement Award

Fort Lauderdale, Fla. - Broward Health Broward General Medical Center’s Primary Stroke Center has been recognized with American Heart Association/American Stroke Association’s Get With The Guidelines®-Stroke Gold Plus Quality Achievement Award. 

To receive the award, Broward Health Broward General Medical Center achieved 85 percent or higher adherence to all Get With The Guidelines-Stroke Quality Achievement indicators for two or more consecutive 12-month intervals and achieved 75 percent or higher compliance with six of 10 Get With The Guidelines-Stroke Quality Measures, which are reporting initiatives to measure quality of care. 

These measures include aggressive use of medications, such as tPA, antithrombotics, anticoagulation therapy, DVT prophylaxis, cholesterol reducing drugs and smoking cessation, all aimed at reducing death and disability and improving the lives of stroke patients.  

“We are honored to be recognized for the quality care we deliver to our patients every day,” said Norma Vesey, stroke program coordinator, Primary Stroke Center.  “We continually pursue excellence in stroke care, so to be recognized by the American Heart Association/American Stroke Association is a testament to the level of care we provide to all of our patients.”

“Broward Health Broward General Medical Center is to be commended for its commitment to implementing standards of care and protocols for treating stroke patients,” said Lee H. Schwamm, M.D., chair of the Get With The Guidelines National Steering Committee and director of the TeleStroke and Acute Stroke Services at Massachusetts General Hospital in Boston.  “The full implementation of acute care and secondary prevention recommendations and guidelines is a critical step in saving the lives and improving outcomes of stroke patients.”

Get With The Guidelines-Stroke uses the “teachable moment,” the time soon after a patient has had a stroke, when they are most likely to listen to and follow their health care professionals’ guidance.  Studies demonstrate that patients who are taught how to manage their risk factors while still in the hospital reduce their risk of a second heart attack or stroke.

Stroke is currently the fourth leading cause of death in the United States.  By having a Primary Stroke Center, Broward Health Broward General Medical Center has a comprehensive system in place for providing rapid diagnosis and treatment of stroke to patients who are admitted to the Emergency Department.  The Primary Stroke Center reduces morbidity and mortality, improves long-term outcomes and increases patient satisfaction.  For more information about the Primary Stroke Center, call (954) 759-7400 or visit

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