BCH honored with quality achievement award for stroke care

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Boulder Community Hospital has received the Get With The Guidelines®-Stroke Gold-Plus Quality Achievement Award for implementing specific quality improvement measures outlined by the American Heart Association/American Stroke Association for the treatment of stroke patients.

Get With The Guidelines Stroke provides hospital teams with up-to-date, research-based guidelines that support the goals of speeding recovery and reducing death and disability for stroke patients.  Boulder Community Hospital earned the award by meeting specific quality achievement measures for the rapid diagnosis and treatment of stroke patients at a set level for a designated period.  These measures include aggressive use of medications and risk-reduction therapies aimed at reducing death and disability and improving the lives of stroke patients.

Boulder Community Hospital is part of Boulder Community Health, an integrated regional health system with facilities throughout Boulder and Broomfield counties.

“Boulder Community Health is dedicated to improving the quality of stroke care.  The American Heart Association/American Stroke Association’s Get With The Guidelines–Stroke helps us achieve that goal,” said David Gehant, President & Chief Executive Officer for Boulder Community Health.   “This award demonstrates our commitment to ensuring that our patients receive care based on internationally-respected clinical guidelines.”

“We are pleased to recognize Boulder Community Hospital for their commitment and dedication to stroke care,” said Deepak L. Bhatt, M.D., M.P.H., national chairman of the Get With The Guidelines steering committee and Executive Director of Interventional Cardiovascular Programs at Brigham and Women's Hospital and Professor of Medicine at Harvard Medical School. “Studies have shown that hospitals that consistently follow the Get With The Guidelines quality improvement measures can reduce patients’ lengths of stay and 30-day readmission rates and reduce disparity gaps in care.”

Get With The Guidelines–Stroke also helps Boulder Community Hospital’s staff implement prevention measures, which include educating stroke patients to manage their risk factors and to be aware of warning signs for stroke, and ensuring they take their medications properly. Hospitals can make customized patient education materials available upon discharge, based on the patients’ individual risk profiles. The take-away materials are written in an easy-to-understand format in either English or Spanish.    

According to the American Heart Association/American Stroke Association, stroke is the number four cause of death and a leading cause of adult disability in the United States.  On average, someone suffers a stroke every 40 seconds; someone dies of a stroke every four minutes; and 795,000 people suffer a new or recurrent stroke each year.


About Boulder Community Health
Boulder Community Health is an integrated regional health system with facilities throughout Boulder and Broomfield counties.  Boulder Community Health is known across Colorado for its clinical excellence in heart care, neurosurgery, stroke care, orthopedics and cancer care. Some 540 physicians in 54 medical specialties have privileges at BCH. Boulder Community Health has received National Certification for Hip and Knee Replacement from The Joint Commission, the nation’s largest standards-setting and accrediting body in health care. BCH also was named Colorado’s safest hospital in the latest Consumer Reports rankings; received for the 13th consecutive year the Boulder County Gold Award for Best Medical Facility in the annual Daily Camera readers’ poll; was given an “A” rating for Hospital Safety by The Leapfrog Group; the American College of Surgeons’ Commission on Cancer accreditation program awarded BCH cancer services its Gold-level commendation (the highest level); BCH HomeCare has been selected for eight consecutive years as one of the Home-Care Elite, an annual compilation of the most successful home health care providers in the nation; and received recognition as one of America's Best Breast Centers by The Women's Choice Award. For more information, visit www.bch.org and connect with BCH on Facebook and Twitter.  

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 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 4 million patients since 2001. For more information, visit heart.org/quality or heart.org/myhealthcare.

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