UT Medical Center earns gold award for stroke care

August 3, 2009 | News, UToday
By Kim Goodin

webus-world-news-reportThe University of Toledo Medical Center has been recognized as a Get With the Guidelines Gold Sustained Performance Award recipient in a worldwide publication.

UTMC is listed in the most recent issue of U.S. News & World Report. The issue, currently on newsstands, highlights “America’s Best Hospitals.”

The Sustained Performance Award is given by the American Heart Association in recognition for “two or more years at 85 percent or higher adherence in all performance measures applicable to one or more of the following: coronary artery disease, heart failure and/or stroke.”

UTMC, one of the first hospitals in Ohio to be designated a primary stroke center, has been a regional leader in stroke care. Recently, representatives from the American Heart Association reported that UTMC was one of only a handful of hospitals nationwide to be recognized by the association with a Get With the Guidelines Award for the third consecutive year.

“UTMC has been an established expert in stroke care for many years,” Vicki Riddick, director of community wellness, said. “We were designated as a primary stroke center even before the Cleveland Clinic. These accomplishments have been possible due to the ongoing research of Dr. Gretchen Tietjen, professor and chair of neurology, and the entire UTMC stroke team, which is dedicated to providing quality care. We’ve also taken a leadership role in community education by sponsoring the American Heart Walk and the Go Red for Women campaign.”

Get With the Guidelines is a quality improvement program developed by the American Heart Association and the American Stroke Association. By adhering to the evidence-based guidelines, UTMC physicians, nurses and other clinicians provide optimal treatment for stroke victims, leading to improved patient outcomes.

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