Memorial Hermann Mischer Neuroscience Institute Receives Get With The Guidelines – Stroke Gold Plus Award
Each May, the American Stroke Association recognizes National Stroke Month. Its goal is to raise awareness of the seriousness of strokes, provide education on the symptoms of a stroke and teach ways to prevent strokes. For physicians and clinicians at Memorial Hermann-Texas Medical Center and our EMS partners, recognizing and treating strokes is a daily commitment.
This spring, the Memorial Hermann Mischer Neuroscience Institute at the Texas Medical Center received the Get With The Guidelines® – Stroke Gold Plus with Target: Stroke Honor Roll Elite Plus Award. The award recognizes adherence to the following criteria established by the American Heart Association/American Stroke Association:
- Achieving 85 percent or higher compliance with all seven Get With The Guidelines – Stroke Achievement Measures for two or more consecutive years;
- Achieving 75 percent or higher compliance with five or more Get With The Guidelines – Stroke Quality Measures for one or more consecutive years;
- And achieving door-to-needle times of 60 minutes or less in at least 75 percent of applicable acute ischemic stroke patients AND achieving door-to-needle times of 45 minutes or less in at least 50 percent of applicable acute ischemic stroke patients;
The Get With The Guidelines award joins a long list of the Institute’s accolades recognizing its commitment to quality outcomes and high-level patient care, including:
- The first Stroke Center in Houston and one of the first dedicated stroke programs in the world.
- The first and only stroke program in Texas to meet The Joint Commission’s rigorous standards for the highly coveted Comprehensive Stroke Center certification.
- Along with academic partners at UTHealth Medical School, launched the first Mobile Stroke Unit in the United States to deliver clot-busting treatment onsite within the first hour of symptom onset.
- The first facility in Houston and one of the first in the United States to test the clot-dissolving drug tPA for acute stroke.
- The first center in Houston to test and prove the efficacy of three disparate treatments for stroke prevention: carotid surgery; administration of antiplatelet drugs, including aspirin; and patent foramen ovale closure.
Thank you to EMS for being our partners in saving lives during National Stroke Month and every day throughout the year.