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Published: Mar 2, 2009

By Tampa General Hospital


Tampa (March 2, 2009) - The American Stroke Association has awarded Tampa General its Get With The Guidelines-Stroke (GWTG-Stroke) Gold Performance Achievement Award. The award recognizes TGH’s commitment to and success in implementing a higher standard of stroke care by ensuring that stroke patients receive treatment according to evidence-based guidelines. The association presented the award in February at its 2009 International Stroke Conference in San Diego. TGH/USF Stroke Program Medical Director Dr. Michael Sloan and TGH Stroke Coordinator Karen Packer Wilson, RN,BSN, CNRN, received the award on Tampa General’s behalf. This is the second consecutive year TGH has received the Gold Performance Achievement Award. In treating stroke, time is a key factor in predicting patient outcomes. The Gold Performance Achievement Award shows that Tampa General treats its stroke patients quickly and effectively. Through GWTG-Stroke, TGH can track comprehensive efforts to rapidly diagnose and treat stroke patients in the emergency room and hospital wide. This involves rapid evaluation by the stroke team, immediate brain imaging, and the provision of clot-busting medications when appropriate. To receive the Gold Performance Achievement Award, Tampa General consistently complied for 24 months with GWTG-Stroke program requirements. These include aggressive use of medications like rt-PA, antithrombotics, anticoagulation therapy, DVT prophylaxis, cholesterol-reducing drugs, and smoking cessation. This 24-month evaluation period reflects the hospital’s ongoing effort to continually maintain the 85 percent compliance required for the award. This year, the compliance reflected 99-100 percent in all performance measures. The American Stroke Association recognizes Tampa General for its continual success at implementing proven standards of care for stroke treatment, said Lee H. Schwamm, MD, vice chair of the Get With The Guidelines steering committee and vice chair of Massachusetts General Hospital’s Department of Neurology. "By meeting Get With the Guidelines-Stroke Gold Performance Achievement Award criteria, Tampa General Hospital continues to demonstrate its active, ongoing effort to improve the outcomes of stroke patients it serves and to save more lives."