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May 21, 2014, Pompton Plains, NJ – Chilton Medical Center has received the 2014 American Heart Association/American Stroke Association’s Get With The Guidelines®-Stroke Gold Plus Quality Achievement Award. The award recognizes Chilton’s commitment and success in implementing excellent care for stroke patients, according to evidence-based guidelines.
Chilton Medical Center also received the association’s Target: Stroke Honor Roll for meeting stroke quality measures that reduce the time between hospital arrival and treatment with the clot-buster tPA, the only drug approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration to treat ischemic stroke. Stroke patients who receive the drug within three hours of the onset of symptoms may recover quicker and are less likely to suffer severe disability. Over the past year, 100 percent of Chilton Medical Center’s eligible ischemic stroke patients have received tPA within 60 minutes of arriving at the hospital (known as ‘door-to-needle’ time).
Chilton Medical Center earned the award by meeting specific quality achievement measures for the diagnosis and treatment of stroke patients at a set level for a designated period. These measures include aggressive use of medications, such as antithrombotics, anticoagulation therapy, deep vein thrombosis prophylaxis, cholesterol reducing drugs and smoking cessation, all aimed at reducing death and disability and improving the lives of stroke patients.
“With a stroke, time lost is brain lost, and the Get With The Guidelines–Stroke Gold Plus Quality Achievement Award demonstrates Chilton’s commitment to being one of the top hospitals in the nation for providing aggressive, proven stroke care,” said Deborah K. Zastocki, DNP, RN, president of Chilton Medical Center and Vice President, Atlantic Health System. “This award demonstrates to our community that our patients receive care based on internationally-respected clinical guidelines.”
Chilton Medical Center is designated a Primary Stroke Center by both the Joint Commission and The New Jersey Department of Health. Primary Stroke Center status is earned by hospitals that meet strict guidelines for the rapid diagnosis and treatment of stroke. Additionally, Chilton Medical Center recently launched a telestroke robot program, where patients in the Emergency Department are afforded immediate access, via a remote connection, to the expert neurologists at the renowned Atlantic Neuroscience Institute at Overlook Medical Center.
“We are pleased to recognize Chilton Medical Center for their commitment and dedication to stroke care,” said Deepak L. Bhatt, M.D., M.P.H., national chairman of the Get With The Guidelines steering committee and Executive Director of Interventional Cardiovascular Programs at Brigham and Women's Hospital and Professor of Medicine at Harvard Medical School. “Studies have shown that hospitals that consistently follow Get With The Guidelines quality improvement measures can reduce patients’ length of stays and 30-day readmission rates and reduce disparity gaps in care.”
According to the American Heart Association/American Stroke Association, stroke is the number four 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.
About the Chilton Medical Center:
Chilton Medical Center, located in Pompton Plains, NJ, is a part of Atlantic Health System, one of the largest non-profit health care systems in New Jersey that includes Morristown Medical Center and Goryeb Children’s Hospital in Morristown, NJ, Overlook Medical Center in Summit, NJ and Newton Medical Center in Newton, NJ. A fully accredited, 260-bed, acute-care, community hospital, Chilton Medical Center is a Joint Commission Top Performer on Key Quality Measures for heart attack, heart failure, pneumonia and surgical care. It is designated a Primary Stroke Center by both the Joint Commission and the New Jersey Department of Health. Chilton Medical Center is committed to providing innovative patient care in a compassionate and healing environment focused on personalized care. It recently completed a $24 million modernization project, which has transformed the delivery of care throughout the medical center, including the Cardiovascular Interventional Lab, The Breast Center, Total Joint Center, Chilton Cancer Center and Surgical Services. Learn more about Chilton Medical Center or find a doctor >
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 the latest research-based guidelines. Developed with the goal of saving lives and hastening recovery, Get With The Guidelines has touched the lives of more than 4 million patients since 2001.