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BFMC receives Get With The Guidelines-Stroke Gold Plus Quality Achievement

December 06, 2017

Baystate Franklin Medical Center has earned the American Heart Association/American Stroke Association’s Get With The Guidelines®-Stroke Gold Plus Quality Achievement Award with Target: Stroke Honor Roll Elite Plus. The award recognizes the hospital’s commitment to providing the most appropriate stroke treatment according to nationally recognized, research-based guidelines based on the latest scientific evidence.

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Hospitals must achieve 85 percent or higher adherence to all Get With The Guidelines-Stroke achievement indicators for two or more consecutive 12-month periods and achieve 75 percent or higher compliance with five of eight Get With The Guidelines-Stroke Quality measures to receive the Gold Plus Quality Achievement Award.

To qualify for the Target: Stroke Honor Roll Elite or Elite Plus, hospitals must meet quality measures developed to reduce the time between the patient’s arrival at the hospital and treatment with the clot-buster tissue plasminogen activator, or tPA, the only drug approved by the Food and Drug Administration to treat ischemic stroke. If given intravenously in the first three hours after the start of stroke symptoms, tPA has been shown to significantly reduce the effects of stroke and lessen the chance of permanent disability.

These quality measures are designed to help hospital teams follow the most up-to-date, evidence-based guidelines with the goal of speeding recovery and reducing death and disability for stroke patients.

“Baystate Franklin Medical Center continues to strive for excellence in the acute treatment of stroke patients,” said president Cindy Russo. “This recognition is a testament to the hard work of our team, including physicians and nurses in the emergency department, our colleagues in the laboratory, radiology, and physical therapy, as well as the teams on the patient care units.”

After a patient is treated for stroke at Baystate Franklin Medical Center, the care doesn’t stop there. A stroke support group is offered to survivors, family members and caregivers on the third Tuesday of each month at 10:00am. The facilitator of the group, Kayte Bak, MSN, RN says “the goal of our support group is to promote an atmosphere of caring, cooperation, support and encouragement as survivors and family members recover and set new goals. Our aim is to renew hope and develop friendships as survivors work towards greater independence”. For more information, please call 413-773-2627.

According to the American Heart Association/American Stroke Association, stroke is the fifth leading cause of death and a leading cause of adult disability in the United States. On average, someone in the U.S. suffers a stroke every 40 seconds, someone dies of a stroke every four minutes, and nearly 800,000 people suffer a new or recurrent stroke each year.

About Get With The Guidelines®

Get With The Guidelines® is the American Heart Association/American Stroke Association’s hospital-based quality improvement program that provides hospitals with tools and resources to increase adherence to the latest research-based guidelines in stroke, heart failure, resuscitation and atrial fibrillation. Developed with the goal of saving lives and hastening recovery, Get With The Guidelines has touched the lives of more than 6 million patients since 2001.

Get With The Guidelines®-Stroke puts the expertise of the American Heart Association and American Stroke Association to work for hospitals nationwide, helping hospital care teams ensure the care provided to patients experiencing stroke is aligned with the latest research-based guidelines. Developed with the goal to save lives and improve recovery time, Get With The Guidelines®-Stroke has had an impact on more than three million patients since 2003. For more information, visit

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