United States Department of Veterans Affairs

Bay Pines VA Healthcare System

Bay Pines VA – ONLY VA in U.S. to receive Gold Performance Achievement Award for Stroke Care
September 3, 2010

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Bay Pines, FL - Bay Pines VA Healthcare System is the only VA in the nation to be recognized this year with the American Heart Association/American Stroke Association’s Get With The GuidelinesSM–Stroke (GWTG–Stroke) Gold Performance Achievement Award. The award recognizes Bay Pines’ commitment and success in implementing a higher standard of stroke care by ensuring that stroke patients receive treatment according to nationally accepted standards and recommendations.
 
Bay Pines VA has developed a comprehensive system for rapid diagnosis and treatment of stroke patients admitted through the emergency department. This includes always being equipped to provide brain imaging scans, having neurologists available to conduct patient evaluations and using clot-busting medications when appropriate.  We used an inter-disciplinary approach, which includes all members of the healthcare team to diagnose and provide treatment.

To receive the GWTG-Stroke Gold Performance Achievement Award, Bay Pines VA complied with the requirements in the GWTG–Stroke program. These include aggressive use of medications like tPA, antithrombotics, anticoagulation therapy, DVT prophylaxis, cholesterol reducing drugs, and smoking cessation.

Wallace Hopkins, Director Bay Pines VA, accepts awards from Kathy Fenelon, AHA
Wallace Hopkins, Director Bay Pines VA, accepts awards from Kathy Fenelon, AHA, on September 2nd 


"The American Stroke Association commends Bay Pines for its success in implementing standards of care and protocols," 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.  Bay Pines received the GWTG-Stroke Silver level award in 2009 and 2008.

Bay Pines also received the American Heart Association/American Stroke Association’s Get With The GuidelinesSM–Heart Failure (GWTG–Heart Failure) Bronze Performance Achievement Award in 2009 and Silver Award in 2010. This recognition is for our work to ensure that heart failure patients receive treatment according to nationally accepted standards and recommendations.