Published on May 23, 2011

Milford Regional Receives Third Gold Stroke Award

Milford Regional Receives Third Gold Stroke Award

For the third consecutive year, Milford Regional receives the AHA/ASA GWTG- Stroke Gold Quality Achievement Award. President Ed Kelly recognizes the stroke team’s accomplishment in this photo. Pictured left to right: (front row) Annette Roberts, Maria DaSilva, Donna Auger, Dr. William Tosches, Liz Renzi and Dr. Theresa Arpin, (back row) Pam Vaccari, Ed Kelly, Dr. Jeff Hopkins, Donna Saul and Dr. Matthew McCauley.

May 2011

Milford Regional Medical Center recently received the American Heart Association/American Stroke Association’s Get With The Guidelines®–Stroke Gold Quality Achievement Award for the third consecutive year. The award recognizes Milford Regional’s commitment and success in implementing a higher standard of stroke care by ensuring that stroke patients receive treatment for at least 24 months according to nationally accepted standards and recommendations.

According to the American Heart Association/American Stroke Association, stroke is one of the leading causes of death and serious, long-term 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.

“With a stroke, time lost is brain lost, and the Get With The Guidelines–Stroke Gold Quality Achievement Award addresses the important element of time,” said Dr. Jeffrey Hopkins, medical director of the emergency department at Milford Regional. “Milford Regional has developed a comprehensive system for rapid diagnosis and treatment of stroke patients admitted to the emergency department. This includes always being equipped to provide brain imaging scans, having neurologists available to conduct patient evaluations and using clot-busting medications when appropriate.”

To receive the Get WithThe Guidelines-Stroke Gold Quality Achievement Award, Milford Regional demonstrated 85% adherence in the Get With The Guidelines–Stroke key measures for 24 or more consecutive months. These include aggressive use of medications like tPA, antithrombotics, anticoagulation therapy, DVT prophylaxis, cholesterol-reducing drugs, and smoking cessation.

“The American Stroke Association commends Milford Regional for its success in implementing standards of care and protocols,” said Lee H. Schwamm, M.D., 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. “The full implementation of acute care and secondary prevention recommendations and guidelines is a critical step in saving the lives and improving outcomes of stroke patients.”

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