Northwestern Medicine Lake Forest Hospital Recognized by the American Heart Association

Northwestern Medicine
News May 18, 2015
When a stroke hits, seconds count.

When treatment is received promptly, a stroke patient has a far greater chance of surviving and is less likely to have lasting damage. Which hospital that patient receives treatment at is just as important.

The Wood-Prince Family Stroke Center Program at Northwestern Medicine Lake Forest Hospital was recently awarded the Get With The Guidelines® achievement award from the American Heart Association (AHA), which recognizes the hospital’s commitment and success in implementing a higher standard of care by ensuring that stroke patients receive treatment according to nationally accepted guidelines. By meeting specific quality achievement measures for the diagnosis and treatment of stroke patients at a set level for a designated period, Lake Forest Hospital was also awarded the Stroke Silver Plus Quality Achievement Award with Target: StrokeSM Honor Roll Elite.
To celebrate receiving this recognition for the first time, Lake Forest hospital leaders, neurologists, clinicians, representatives of the American Heart Association and SSEEO (Stroke Survivors Empowering Each Other) hosted a recognition ceremony on May 1, 2015 at Lake Forest Hospital.   

"Led by our five dedicated neurologists, we are saving and improving the lives of stroke patients in our community,” said Thomas J. McAfee, president of Lake Forest Hospital. “As a Certified Primary Stroke Center, Northwestern Lake Forest Hospital is one of the few state-recognized emergency facilities in the area that can accept ambulances with stroke patients. In addition, our telestroke technology links to our sister hospital, Northwestern Memorial Hospital, to determine the best possible treatment for each patient as soon as possible.”

Wood-Price Family Stroke Center clinicians are also working with SSEEO volunteers to offer a support group for new stroke patients, said Amy Barnard, a clinical nurse specialist at Lake Forest Hospital.

“In addition to the best clinical care and treatment, we also provide emotional support for the patient and caregiver,” Barnard said. “We want stroke survivors to know they are not alone.”

Get with the Guidelines–Stroke helps hospitals develop and implement acute and secondary prevention guideline processes to improve patient care and outcomes. The program provides a web-based patient management tool, best practice discharge protocols and standing orders, along with a robust registry and real-time benchmarking capabilities to track performance. The quick and efficient use of guideline procedures can improve the quality of care for stroke patients and may reduce disability and save lives. The program emphasizes aggressive risk-reduction therapies including the use of medications such as tPA, antithrombotics and anticoagulation therapy, along with cholesterol reducing drugs and smoking cessation counseling. These are all aimed at reducing death and disability and improving the lives of stroke patients. 

On average, one American dies from a stroke every four minutes. Stroke is also the leading cause of adult disability in the United States and is the fifth leading cause of death among Americans.  

Understanding risk factors and learning to recognize symptoms can potentially save lives and limit damage if a stroke occurs. By taking a quick health survey, you can learn about your personal risk factors with our online Stroke Risk Assessment. Learn more about the Lake Forest Hospital Wood-Prince Family Stroke Center.
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