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Scottsdale Healthcare Osborn honored for stroke care  
The staff at Scottsdale Healthcare Osborn Medical Center Stroke Center. (Submitted photo)

Scottsdale Healthcare Osborn Medical Center has received the American Heart Association/American Stroke Association’s 2014 Get With the Guidelines Stroke Gold Plus Quality Achievement Award.

The award was announced to coincide with American Stroke Month, an annual national campaign each May to increase awareness of stroke as a major health concern, according to a press release.

According to the American Stroke Association, stroke is the No. 4 cause of death and a leading cause of adult 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 release states.

This is the fourth consecutive year that Scottsdale Healthcare Osborn Medical Center has earned the award from the American Heart Association/American Stroke Association.

Stroke care includes aggressive use of medications, such as tPA, antithrombotics, anticoagulation therapy, DVT prophylaxis, cholesterol reducing drugs and smoking cessation, according to American Stroke Association.

Scottsdale Healthcare Osborn Medical Center earned the award by meeting specific quality achievement measures for the diagnosis and treatment of stroke patients consistently since 2011.

“This award demonstrates Scottsdale Healthcare’s commitment to quality and means patients can expect care that’s consistent using the latest scientific guidelines,” said Kathy Stinson, senior director of Orthopedics and Neurosciences at Scottsdale Healthcare, in a prepared statement.

“Our team of expert physicians and compassionate staff members is dedicated to saving lives and improving outcomes for stroke patients and it shows.”

In addition to the Get With The Guidelines Stroke Award, Scottsdale Healthcare Osborn Medical Center also received the Target: Stroke Honor Roll for meeting stroke quality measures that reduce the time between hospital arrival and treatment with the clot-busting agent tPA, the release states.

“Over the past year, approximately 60 percent of our hospital’s eligible stroke patients received tPA within 60 minutes of arrival, which is in line with the national benchmarks. Because administering it is so time-dependent, our team has implemented what’s known as the ‘door-to-needle’ initiative to significantly reduce the time it takes to get the patient through the door and to the drug,” said Ms. Stinson.

“This data driven approach shows that we are continually raising the bar, allowing us to make real time improvements in care.”

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