Quality | Published May 31, 2017

Mount Nittany Medical Center earns American Heart Association/American Stroke Association honors

Mount Nittany Medical Center has earned the American Heart Association/ American Stroke Association’s Get With The Guidelines®-Stroke Gold Plus Achievement Award with Target: StrokeSM Honor Roll Elite Plus. The award recognizes the hospital’s commitment and success ensuring that stroke patients receive the most appropriate treatment according to nationally recognized, research-based guidelines based on the latest scientific evidence.

To receive the honor, hospitals must submit data for stroke care to a national database. Approximately 20 different metrics are measured around scientific care and treatment that is consistently being administered to be aligned with current best practice. An organization must perform at 85 percent or greater for each metric and must sustain that performance for two years in order to receive the Get with the Guidelines gold recognition.

To qualify for the Target: Stroke Honor Roll Elite Plus, hospitals must meet quality measures developed to reduce the time between the patient’s arrival at the hospital and treatment with the clot-buster tissue plasminogen activator, or tPA, the only drug approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration to treat ischemic stroke. If given intravenously 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.

“Mount Nittany Medical Center is committed to delivering stroke care that is based on science and best-practices. There are many processes in place that lead to great patient outcomes,” says Courtney Sneath, RN, CPHQ, director of quality, Mount Nittany Medical Center. “These awards acknowledge that our hospital delivers consistent, high-quality care. Our staff has worked incredibly hard to achieve this award, and everyone is extremely proud to be recognized.”

The Medical Center earned the award by meeting specific time to thrombolytic therapy within 60 minutes in 75 percent or more of acute ischemic stroke patients treated with IV tPA AND time to thrombolytic therapy within 45 minutes in 50 percent of acute ischemic stroke patients treated with IV tPA (current criteria and same volume thresholds).

The Medical Center was first recognized as a Primary Stroke Center in 2014 and received Get with the Guidelines Silver Plus recognition in 2015, and its first Gold Plus Award in 2016.

“These awards show that we are right there with the best hospitals in the nation, and achieving these highest-level awards would not have been possible without the dedication of caregivers throughout the medical community,” says Susan Maynard, MS, RN-BC, CCNS, CCRN-CMC, stroke coordinator at Mount Nittany Medical Center. “It shows a commitment to excellence from everyone involved and is proof that you can receive excellent care, right here at home.”

For more information on award-winning stroke care and support, visit mountnittany.org/stroke.