Friday, March 15, 2013

MGH receives top honor for stroke patients’ quality of care

COMMITMENT TO CARE: Lee Schwamm, MD, executive chair of Neurology (l) and Michael R. Jaff, DO, chair of the Institute for Heart, Vascular and Stroke Care discuss a patient a patient’s care plan.

The MGH has received a top honor from the Massachusetts Department of Public Health (DPH) for its commitment to improving its quality of care to stroke patients. The “2013 Stroke Collaborative Reaching for Excellence (SCORE) Defect-Free Care Award” recognizes the MGH for providing defect-free care to more than 80 percent of patients admitted with stroke over the course of a year.

“We are thrilled that the MGH has been ranked first among all 17 large volume hospitals in Massachusetts,” says Lee Schwamm, MD, executive chair of Neurology and member of the Institute for Heart, Vascular and Stroke Care’s directors’ committee. “This recognition is a true testament to our ongoing commitment to improving stroke care and also serves to demonstrate the Institute’s focus on advanced, integrated and patient-focused care.”

The MGH treated 516 out of 541 patients, or  95.4 percent, with all therapies for which they were eligible, as part of the SCORE’s voluntary stroke registry and quality improvement initiative that reviews data from 57 hospitals statewide. To be considered “defect-free care,” patients must receive all 10 medical management options for which they are eligible – including antithrombotic treatments, anticoagulation therapy, statin medications, education materials and counseling. The award recognizes care provided at the MGH from October 2011 through September 2012.

“We are committed to providing highly coordinated care for each and every patient, each and every day – and this wonderful achievement shows that we are doing just that for the 1,000 stroke patients we see on an annual basis,” says Michael R. Jaff, DO, chair of the Institute and medical director of the Vascular Center. “We will remain dedicated to continuing our mission of advancing stroke care on a local, national and international level.”

The MGH was a founding member of the SCORE program, which was formed in 2005 as a partnership among the DPH, the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention Paul Coverdell National Stroke Registry, and the American Heart/Stroke Association’s Get with the Guidelines Stroke program.

The MGH will be presented with the SCORE defect-free care award during the DPH’s Celebration of Success and Award Ceremony on June 19.

Read more articles from the 03/15/13 Hotline issue.

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