McLaren Bay Region is Nationally Recognized for its Commitment to Providing High-Quality Stroke Care
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DATE: June 21, 2022
CONTACT: Alayna Wesener
McLaren Bay Region is Nationally Recognized for its Commitment to Providing High-Quality Stroke CareBAY CITY, MICH – McLaren Bay Region has received the American Heart Association’s GOLD PLUS Get With The Guidelines® - Stroke quality achievement award for its commitment to ensuring stroke patients receive the most appropriate treatment according to nationally recognized, research-based guidelines, ultimately leading to more lives saved and reduced disability.
Stroke is the number five cause of death and a leading cause of disability in the U.S. A stroke occurs when a blood vessel that carries oxygen and nutrients to the brain is either blocked by a clot or bursts. When that happens, part of the brain cannot get the blood and oxygen it needs, so brain cells die. Early stroke detection and treatment are key to improving survival, minimizing disability and accelerating recovery times.
Get With The Guidelines puts the expertise of the American Heart Association and American Stroke Association to work for hospitals nationwide, helping ensure patient care is aligned with the latest evidence- and research-based guidelines. Get With The Guidelines - Stroke is an in-hospital program for improving stroke care by promoting consistent adherence to these guidelines, which can minimize the long-term effects of a stroke and even prevent death.
“McLaren Bay Region is committed to improving patient care by adhering to the latest treatment guidelines,” said Khalil Nasrallah, MD, medical director of the Stroke Program at McLaren Bay Region. “Get With The Guidelines makes it easier for our team to put proven knowledge and guidelines to work on a daily basis which, studies have shown, can help patients recover better. The end goal is to ensure more people experience longer and healthier lives.”
Each year, program participants qualify for the award by demonstrating how their organization has committed to providing quality care for stroke patients. In addition to following treatment guidelines, Get With The Guidelines participants also educate patients to help them manage their health and recovery at home.
“We are incredibly pleased to recognize McLaren Bay Region for its commitment to caring for patients with stroke,” said Steven Messe, M.D., chairperson of the Stroke System of Care Advisory Group. “Participation in Get With The Guidelines is associated with improved patient outcomes, fewer readmissions and lower mortality rates – a win for health care systems, families and communities.”
McLaren Bay Region also received the American Heart Association’s Target: StrokeSM Honor Roll Elite award. To qualify for this recognition, hospitals must meet specific criteria reducing the time between an eligible patient’s arrival at the hospital and treatment with the clot-buster alteplase.
In addition, McLaren Bay Region also received the American Heart Association’s Target: Type 2 Diabetes Honor Roll award. Target: Type 2 Diabetes aims to ensure patients with Type 2 diabetes, who might be at higher risk for complications, receive the most up-to-date, evidence-based care when hospitalized due to stroke.
McLaren Bay Region is a 415-bed acute tertiary care hospital in Bay City, Michigan, providing specialty care, primary care, and preventive care. Services include cardiovascular, neuroscience, orthopedics, oncology, women’s health, and rehabilitation. McLaren Bay Region’s emergency department treats more than 45,000 patients each year and is certified by the Joint Commission as a Primary Stroke Center. McLaren Bay Region is an integral part of the 15-hospital McLaren Health Care system based in Grand Blanc, Michigan. Learn more at mclaren.org