Heart Association recognizes Ascension Michigan’s commitment to quality stroke care

WARREN — The American Heart Association/American Stroke Association recently recognized Ascension Michigan with its Get With The Guidelines® Stroke Award. The award recognizes hospitals’ commitment to ensuring stroke patients receive the most appropriate treatment according to nationally recognized, research-based guidelines centered on the latest scientific evidence.

The Get with the Guidelines awards have varying levels of achievement as well as additional commendations including the Target: Stroke and Target: Diabetes Awards (also with varying levels).

“Ascension Michigan hospitals are dedicated to improving the quality of care for our stroke patients by implementing the American Heart Association’s Get With The GuidelinesStroke initiative,” said Dr. Donald Bignotti, Chief Clinical Officer, Ascension Michigan. “The tools and resources available help our stroke teams track our success in meeting evidenced-based clinical guidelines developed to improve patient outcomes.”

Among the seven Ascension hospitals in Michigan recognized, Ascension Genesys Hospital in Grand Blanc Township received a Gold Plus, Target: Stroke Honor Roll and Target: Type 2 Diabetes Honor Roll Award.

Hospitals are required to achieve certain outcomes to be eligible for the Get With The Guidelines Stroke Award.

In addition, the Target: Type 2 Diabetes Honor Roll Award is given to hospitals who have 90 percent compliance with developed quality measures for 12 consecutive months for the “Overall Diabetes Cardiovascular Initiative Composite Score.”

“Patient care is our number one priority,” said Bignotti. “We are proud to achieve recognition by the American Heart Association and American Stroke Association for following the latest research-based standards for its Get With The Guidelines Awards.” — G.G.