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Awards and Accreditations

BMC Achieves Recognitions for Stroke Care
BMC receives Stroke Care Honors: American Heart Association Recognizes BMC With Get With The Guidelines-Stroke Gold Quality Achievement Award and Stroke Collaborative Honors Hospital for Defect-Free Care
Berkshire Medical Center has received two accolades for the care of stroke patients, one from the American Heart Association and the other from the Stroke Collaborative Reaching for Excellence (SCORE).

Berkshire Medical Center has received the Get With The Guidelines®–Stroke Gold Quality Achievement Award from the American Heart Association for the ninth straight year. The award recognizes BMC’s commitment and success in implementing a higher standard of care by ensuring that stroke patients receive treatment according to nationally accepted guidelines.

Get With The Guidelines–Stroke helps BMC’s staff develop and implement acute and secondary prevention guideline processes to improve patient care and outcomes. The program provides hospitals with a web-based patient management tool, best practice discharge protocols and standing orders, along with a robust registry and real-time benchmarking capabilities to track performance.

The quick and efficient use of guideline procedures can improve the quality of care for stroke patients and may reduce disability and save lives.

“Recent studies show that patients treated in hospitals participating in the American Heart Association’s Get With The Guidelines-Stroke program receive a higher quality of care and may experience better outcomes,” said Lee H. Schwamm, MD, 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, Mass. “Berkshire Medical Center’s team is to be commended for their commitment to improving the care of their patients.”

Following Get With The Guidelines-Stroke treatment guidelines, patients are started on aggressive risk-reduction therapies including the use of medications such as tPA, antithrombotics and anticoagulation therapy, along with cholesterol reducing drugs and smoking cessation counseling. These are all aimed at reducing death and disability and improving the lives of stroke patients. Hospitals must adhere to these measures at a set level for a designated period of time to be eligible for the achievement awards.

BMC has also received the Defect-free Care Award from the Stroke Collaborative Reaching for Excellence (SCORE), a voluntary statewide quality improvement collaborative administered by the Massachusetts Department of Public Health (DPH), that supports Primary Stroke Service hospitals. Defect-free care is achieved when a patient receives the appropriate care based on clinical guidelines.

The SCORE Defect-free Care Award recognizes hospitals that provided high-quality care to 80 percent or more of their stroke patients in from October 2011 to September 2012. The number of SCORE hospitals providing defect-free care to the majority of their patients has increased significantly over the last 4 years, resulting in many more patients receiving high-quality care.

Stroke is the third-leading cause of death in the Commonwealth, and a leading cause of adult disability. Immediate assessment and treatment is critical to help improve outcomes.

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