FEATURE | Posted June 18, 2014

UC Davis Medical Center honored with quality achievement award for stroke care

Guidelines can reduce deaths and disabilities and speed recovery

stroke award logo

UC Davis Medical Center has received the Get With The Guidelines®-Stroke Gold-Plus Quality Achievement Award for using measures developed by the American Heart Association/American Stroke Association to improve care and quality of life for stroke patients.

UC Davis earned the award for implementing diagnostic and treatment guidelines — including specific medications and risk-reduction therapies — that can reduce deaths and disabilities and speed recovery from stroke.

“This award demonstrates our commitment to using the latest evidence-based clinical approaches to improve outcomes for patients,” said Ann Madden Rice, chief executive officer of UC Davis Medical Center.

“We owe this recognition to the multidisciplinary team of physicians, nurses, imaging specialists, educators and rehabilitation therapists in our stroke program and their determination to make sure our patients have access to the most current care and resources.”

The UC Davis Medical Center Stroke Program includes a designated team of stroke specialists who provide acute inpatient hospital care as well as outpatient management of cerebrovascular disease. Patients receive aggressive medical care and treatment, including thrombolytic therapy, interventional neuroradiologic techniques and new medications under clinical investigation.

“We are pleased to recognize the team at UC Davis Medical Center for their commitment and dedication to stroke care,” said Deepak L. Bhatt, national chairman of the Get With The Guidelines steering committee. “Studies show that hospitals that consistently follow Get With The Guidelines quality improvement measures can reduce patients’ length of stays and 30-day readmission rates and reduce disparity gaps in care.”

According to the American Heart Association/American Stroke Association, stroke is the number-four cause of death and a leading cause of adult disability in the United States. On average, someone suffers a stroke every 40 seconds, someone dies of a stroke every four minutes and 795,000 people suffer a new or recurrent stroke each year.

UC Davis Medical Center is a comprehensive academic medical center where clinical practice, teaching and research converge to advance human health. The medical center serves a 33-county, 65,000-square-mile area that stretches north to the Oregon border and east to Nevada. It further extends its reach through the award-winning telemedicine program, which gives remote, medically underserved communities throughout California unprecedented access to specialty and subspecialty care. For information, visit medicalcenter.ucdavis.edu.

Get With The Guidelines is the American Heart Association/American Stroke Association’s quality improvement program that provides hospitals with the latest research-based guidelines. Developed with the goal of saving lives and hastening recovery, Get With The Guidelines has touched the lives of more than 4 million patients since 2001. For information, visit heart.org/quality or heart.org/myhealthcare.