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LMC Honored with Silver Plus Quality Achievement Award for Heart Failure

Lexington Medical Center received the American Heart Association’s Get With The Guidelines® Heart Failure Silver Plus Quality Achievement Award. This award recognizes the hospital’s commitment to ensuring heart failure patients receive the most appropriate treatment according to nationally recognized, research-based guidelines. The goal is to expedite recovery and reduce hospital readmissions for heart failure patients.

LMC earned Heart Failure Silver Plus Quality Achievement Award by meeting specific measures for the diagnosis and treatment of heart failure patients at a set level for a designated period. These measures include evaluation of the proper use of medications and aggressive risk-reduction therapies. Before discharge, patients should also receive education on managing heart failure and their overall health, schedule a follow-up visit, as well as other care transition interventions.

“We are excited for this recognition, which showcases the quality care our heart failure patients receive at Lexington Medical Center. All staff work diligently to implement evidence-based practices to achieve optimal outcomes for the patients we serve,” said CJ Jashinsky, RN, BSN, CPHQ, clinical outcomes coordinator. “We appreciate each team member’s valuable contributions to the excellent care they provide to our patients,” she said.

According to the American Heart Association, more than 6.5 million adults in the United States live with heart failure. Many heart failure patients can lead a full, enjoyable life when they manage their condition with proper medications or devices and adopt healthy lifestyle changes.

Lexington Medical Center Honored for Excellence in Stroke Care

Lexington Medical Center received a “Gold Plus” Quality Achievement Award for stroke care from the American Heart Association and American Stroke Association’s Get With The Guidelines® – Stroke program. The hospital also achieved Target: Stroke Elite Honor Roll recognition this year.

The “Gold Plus” award is the highest honor bestowed to hospitals for stroke care and recognizes commitment and success in implementing excellent care for stroke patients. The honor goes to hospitals with excellent adherence to stroke quality indicators and measures, including use of proven medications, therapy, cholesterol-reducing drugs and smoking cessation, all aimed at reducing death and disability, and improving the lives of stroke patients.

To qualify for the Target: Stroke Elite Honor Roll, hospitals must meet quality measures developed to reduce the time between the patient’s arrival at the hospital and treatment with the clot-busting drug tissue plasminogen activator. If given 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. At Lexington Medical Center, nearly 80 percent of stroke patients receive tPA within 60 minutes of arrival.

“We are very excited about our advancements in stroke care at Lexington Medical Center. The Stroke Committee members work diligently to implement evidence-based practices in achieving optimal outcomes for the patients we serve. Clinicians from many disciplines work together to provide patients with the highest quality of stroke care,” said Stephanie Davis, RN, BSN, MHA, clinical outcomes coordinator, Stroke Program manager.

Lexington Medical Center also maintains its certification as a Primary Stroke Center with Det Norske Veritas Healthcare, Inc. This certification program recognizes organizations that follow the best practices for stroke care. Achieving Primary Stroke Center certification demonstrates LMC’s dedication to promoting better outcomes for patients.

“Our program’s success is a result of the commitment and passion every individual demonstrates in caring for these patients, both at the bedside and behind the scenes. We truly appreciate each team member’s valuable contributions to the Stroke Program and the excellent care they provide to our patients,” she said.

Lexington Medical Center Honored for Excellence in Stroke Care

Lexington Medical Center has received a “Gold Plus” Quality Achievement Award for stroke care from the American Heart Association and American Stroke Association’s Get With The Guidelines® – Stroke program. The hospital also received its Target: Stroke Honor Roll recognition.

The “Gold Plus” award is the highest honor bestowed to hospitals for stroke care and recognizes commitment and success in implementing excellent care for stroke patients. The honor goes to hospitals with excellent adherence to stroke quality indicators and measures, including use of proven medications, therapy, cholesterol-reducing drugs and smoking cessation, all aimed at reducing death and disability, and improving the lives of stroke patients.

To qualify for the Target: Stroke Honor Roll, hospitals must meet quality measures developed to reduce the time between the patient’s arrival at the hospital and treatment with the clot-busting drug tissue plasminogen activator. If given 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.

“Caring for patients experiencing a stroke is an interdisciplinary collaboration. Every member of the team strives to provide evidence-based stroke care with the goal of reducing the disabling effects a stroke can have on a person and his or her family. I am proud of our team and the level of stroke care they provide,” said Erin Stillinger, RN, BSN, stroke outcomes coordinator at Lexington Medical Center.

Lexington Medical Center is certified by Det Norske Veritas Healthcare, Inc. as a Primary Stroke Center. This certification program recognizes organizations that follow the best practices for stroke care. Achieving Primary Stroke Center certification demonstrates Lexington Medical Center’s dedication to promoting better outcomes for patients.