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Thursday, June 17, 2010 - North Broward Medical Center Receives Award for Stroke Care

Deerfield Beach, FL - Broward Health North Broward Medical Center recently received the American Heart Association/American Stroke Association’s Get With The Guidelines® Stroke Gold Plus Performance Achievement Award.  The award recognizes North Broward Medical Center’s commitment and success in implementing excellent care for stroke patients, according to evidence-based guidelines.

“With a stroke, time lost is brain lost,” said Pauline Grant, CEO of North Broward Medical Center. “We are committed to providing the highest quality care to stroke patients, which means quickly identifying and treating the stroke so we can significantly reduce the long-term disabilities related to it.”

To receive the award, North Broward Medical Center achieved 85 percent or higher adherence to all Get With The Guidelines-Stroke Performance 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.

“North Broward 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.”

According to the American Heart Association/American Stroke Association, stroke is the third leading cause of death in the United States and a leading cause of serious, long-term disability. On average, someone suffers a stroke every 45 seconds; someone dies of a stroke every three minutes; and 795,000 people suffer a new or recurrent stroke each year.

North Broward Medical Center has been recognized by the Joint Commission as a Primary Stroke Center since December 2005 and was designated a Comprehensive Stroke Center by the American Health Care Association in March 2006. It was the first hospital in Florida to attain Joint Commission Certification for Stroke Rehabilitation. In 2010, North Broward Medical Center received a 5-Star rating for the quality of its Stroke Care from HealthGrades, the leading independent healthcare ratings organization, ranking the hospital top 5% in the Nation for Stroke Care. 

At North Broward Medical Center, assessment and treatment of a stroke begins in the Emergency Department by a specially trained team called the Brain Attack Team (B.A.T.). This team is available 24 hours a day, seven days a week and consists of emergency physicians, neurologists, neurosurgeons, interventional radiologists, radiologists and nursing staff. Once the initial treatment is completed, patients are cared for by specially trained nurses. Ten nurses at North Broward Medical Center have completed rigorous training and testing in order to earn the distinction of Certified Registered Neuroscience Nurse (CNRN).

The Comprehensive Stroke Center at North Broward Medical Center focuses on both the emergent and long-term needs of a stroke patient.  A multi-disciplinary team of physicians, nurses physical therapists, occupational therapists, speech therapists, dieticians and rehabilitation specialists work together to develop a customized treatment plan for each patient. The hospital hosts monthly support groups to provide education and physical therapy activities for stroke survivors and caregivers. The Center also offers caregiver education programs and support groups to patients’ families at no cost. 

Broward Health, providing service for more than 50 years, is a nationally recognized system offering world class health care services to our neighbors in South Florida. One of the 10 largest public health systems in the nation, Broward Health includes Broward General Medical Center, North Broward Medical Center, Imperial Point Medical Center, Coral Springs Medical Center, Chris Evert Children’s Hospital, Broward Health Weston and more than 30 facilities of the Community Health Services and Broward Health Physician Group. For more information visit www.browardhealth.org.