AKRON, Ohio, April 30, 2013 – Summa Akron City Hospital’s Center for Stroke Care has been recognized nationally as the only hospital in the Akron area to receive the American Heart Association/American Stroke Association’s Get With The Guidelines®-Stroke Gold Plus Quality Achievement Award for the fourth year in a row.
In addition, three clinical nurse specialists at Summa Akron City Hospital are the first in Ohio to complete the NET SMART-Advanced Practice (AP) post-graduate fellowship program, a highly rigorous program originally funded by the U.S. Health Resource Services Administration (HRSA) that promotes the development of clinical expertise in stroke care.
Additional information regarding the awards and fellowship is below.
Summa Akron City Hospital Receives National Get With The Guidelines- Stroke Gold Plus Quality Achievement Award for Fourth Year in a Row
Summa Akron City Hospital’s Center for Stroke Care is the only hospital in the Akron area to receive the American Heart Association/American Stroke Association’s Get With The Guidelines®-Stroke Gold Plus Quality Achievement Award for the fourth year in a row. The award recognizes Summa’s commitment and success in implementing quality care for stroke patients, according to evidence-based guidelines.
To receive the award, Summa achieved 85 percent or higher adherence to all Get With The Guidelines-Stroke Quality Achievement indicators for two or more consecutive 12-month intervals, and achieved 75 percent or higher compliance with six of 10 Get With The Guidelines-Stroke Quality Measures. These measures include aggressive use of medications and smoking cessation, all aimed at reducing death and disability and improving the lives of stroke patients.
In addition, Summa Akron City Hospital’s Center for Stroke Care has been recognized for the second year in a row as a recipient of the American Heart Association/American Stroke Association’s Target: Stroke Honor Roll, for improving stroke care. Over the past quarter, at least 50 percent of Summa’s eligible ischemic stroke patients have received tissue plasminogen activator, or tPA (a clot-busting agent), within 60 minutes of hospital arrival (known as ‘door-to-needle’ time). tPA is the only drug approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration for the urgent treatment of an ischemic stroke. If given within the first three hours after the start of stroke symptoms, tPA has been shown to significantly reverse the effects of stroke and reduce permanent disability.
“During a stroke, time lost is brain lost,” said Susana Bowling, M.D., neurologist and medical director of the Summa Center for Stroke Care at Summa Akron City Hospital. “This award demonstrates Summa’s commitment to being one of the top hospitals in the country for providing the right, quality care at the right time to stroke patients.”
“Summa is to be commended for its commitment to implementing standards of care and protocols for treating stroke patients,” 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, 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 one of the leading causes of death and serious, long-term 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. The number of stroke patients is expected to grow over the next decade due to increasing stroke incidence and a large aging population.
About Get With The Guidelines
Get With The Guidelines® is the American Heart Association/American Stroke Association’s hospital-based quality improvement program that empowers healthcare teams to save lives and reduce healthcare costs by helping hospitals follow evidence-based guidelines and recommendations. For more information, visit heart.org/quality.
Three Clinical Nurse Specialists at Summa Akron City Hospital Are First in Ohio to Complete NET SMART- Advanced Practice Fellowship Program
Three clinical nurse specialists at Summa Akron City Hospital recently completed the NET SMART-Advanced Practice (AP) post-graduate fellowship program, a highly rigorous program that promotes development of clinical expertise in acute stroke care. They are the first clinical nurse specialists in Ohio to complete the fellowship.
NET SMART, which stands for Neurovascular Education and Training in Stroke Management and Acute Reperfusion Therapies, was originally funded by the U.S. Health Resource Services Administration (HRSA) to develop expert advanced practice nurses and teach them to use tPA, (a clot-busting medication for stroke patients), more safely and effectively. The program has graduated over 50 nurses with this advanced level of education and training to date.
Kim Ballard, MSN, RN, GCNS-BC, ANVP; Kristy Jacobson, MSN, RN, CCNS, CNRN, CBIS, ANVP; and Jan Weinhardt, MSN, RN, GCNS-BC, ANVP, all clinical nurse specialists at Summa Akron City Hospital, completed the fellowship in 24 months and were supervised by Susana Bowling, M.D., neurologist and medical director of the Summa Center for Stroke Care at Summa Akron City Hospital. The NET SMART fellowship allows these nurses to add ANVP, Advanced NeuroVascular Practitioner, to their credentials.
About Summa Health System
Summa Health System is one of the largest integrated healthcare delivery systems in Ohio. Encompassing a network of hospitals, community health centers, a health plan, a physician-hospital organization, a multi-specialty physician organization, research and multiple foundations, Summa is nationally renowned for excellence in patient care and for exceptional approaches to healthcare delivery. Summa's clinical services are consistently recognized by the American Nurses Credentialing Center (Magnet® status), U.S. News and World Report, Thomson Reuters and The Leapfrog Group. Summa also is a founding partner of the Austen BioInnovation Institute in Akron. For more information, visit www.summahealth.org or find us on Facebook at www.facebook.com/summahealth and Twitter at www.twitter.com/summahealth.