Bellin Health earns kudos for stroke excellence

GREEN BAY — Bellin Health recently earned recognition from the American Heart Association/American Stroke Association’s Get with the Guidelines stroke program for ensuring that stroke patients receive nationally accepted care standards.

The Green Bay-based health system earned the Gold Plus Achievement Award through the Get with the Guidelines program. The award is an improvement over last year’s Stroke Silver Plus Quality Achievement Award.

The Get with the Guidelines stroke program is designed to ensure hospitals are consistent in their care of stroke patients utilizing the most up-to-date guidelines and recommendations.

Hospitals are recognized if they can sustain at least 12 consecutive months of 85 percent or higher adherence to all Get with the Guidelines Stroke Performance Achievement indicators and achieve at least 75 percent or higher compliance with seven of 10 Get with the Guidelines Stroke Quality Measures within that same time period.

“Aside from the satisfaction of seeing our stroke patients progress toward improved health, being honored for excellent patient care is the best recognition a hospital can receive,” said Kathy Polum, Bellin’s neuroscience coordinator. “Being honored with a Get with the Guidelines Stroke award demonstrates to our patients that our staff remains consistently committed to providing care shown in scientific literature to quickly and efficiently treat stroke patients with evidence-based protocols.”

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention:
•    Stroke kills almost 130,000 Americans each year – that’s 1 in every 18 deaths
•    On average, one American dies from stroke every 4 minutes
•    Every year, more than 795,000 people in the United States have a stroke. About 610,000 of these are first or new strokes. One in four are recurrent strokes.
•    Ischemic strokes happen when blood clots block the blood vessels to the brain. About 87% of all strokes are ischemic.
•    Stroke costs the U.S. an estimated $54 billion each year. This total includes the cost of health care services, medications, and missed days of work.
•    Stroke is a leading cause of serious long-term disability