North Colorado Medical Center Stroke Care Wins Award

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Banner Health’s North Colorado Medical Center received the Gold Plus Get With The Guidelines Stroke Quality Award from the American Heart Association for its commitment to ensuring that stroke patients receive the most appropriate treatment according to recognized national guidelines and research-based, which ultimately leads to more lives saved and reduced disability.

Stroke is the fifth leading cause of death and one of the leading causes of disability in the United States. A stroke occurs when a blood vessel that carries oxygen and nutrients to the brain is blocked by a clot or bursts. When this happens, part of the brain cannot get the blood and oxygen it needs, so brain cells die. Early detection and treatment of strokes are key to improving survival, minimizing disability and accelerating recovery times.

Get With The Guidelines puts the expertise of the American Heart Association and American Stroke Association to work for hospitals, helping to ensure patient care is aligned with the latest evidence-based and research-based guidelines. Get With The Guidelines – Stroke is a hospital-based program aimed at improving stroke care by encouraging consistent adherence to these guidelines, which can minimize the long-term effects of stroke and even prevent death.

“We are committed to improving patient care by adhering to the latest treatment guidelines,” said Brenda Tousley, Banner’s stroke program manager. “Get With The Guidelines makes it easier for our teams to put proven knowledge and guidelines into practice every day, which studies show can help patients recover better. The end goal is to ensure that more people can live longer and healthier lives.

Each year, program participants qualify for the award by demonstrating how their organization is committed to providing quality stroke patient care. In addition to following treatment guidelines, Get With The Guidelines participants also educate patients to help them manage their health and recovery at home.

NCMC also received the Target Stroke Honor Roll from the American Heart Association for meeting specific criteria that shorten the time between an eligible patient’s arrival at the hospital and treatment with the anti-inflammatory alteplase. clots.

A third award received by NCMC is the Target: Type 2 Diabetes Honor Roll. This recognition means the hospital has met criteria to ensure that patients with type 2 diabetes who may be at higher risk of complications receive the latest evidence-based care when hospitalized with a stroke. .

North Colorado Medical Center is a private, fully accredited, nonprofit licensed facility in Greeley, Colorado owned by Banner Health, a nonprofit health care system with 30 hospitals in six states. It serves as a regional medical center providing a full range of community and specialty health care services for an area including southern Wyoming, western Nebraska, western Kansas and northeastern Colorado. It offers emergency care, cancer care, cardiac care, orthopedics, inpatient and outpatient surgery, obstetrics, pediatrics, rehabilitation, intensive care, laboratory and medical imaging and medical air transport and is certified by the Joint Commission as a primary stroke center. For more information, visit bannerhealth.com/ncmc.

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