Trident Health Earns National Heart and Stroke Care Recognition

Erick Funke, MD, Interventional Cardiologist, Trident Cardiology Associates

Trident Health Earns National Get With The Guidelines® Stroke And Heart Failure Quality Achievement Awards

American Heart Association and American Stroke Association
Recognize Trident Health’s Commitment to Quality Cardiovascular Care

Charleston, SC (November 6, 2017) -- Trident Health’s two acute care hospitals - Trident Medical Center and Summerville Medical Center - are among the South Carolina Lowcountry’s leaders in cardiac and stroke care based on the number of patients treated. Last year, more than 700 patients received stroke care at Trident. This year, it’s estimated the number will increase to more than 800. In recognition of the hospital’s focus on patient care and outcomes the American Heart Association and American Stroke Association have recognized the health system with two separate national quality awards.

Trident Medical Center earned both the Get With The Guidelines® (GWTG) - Stroke Gold Plus Quality Achievement Award with Target: StrokeSM Honor Roll and Gold Plus for heart failure. Summerville Medical Center earned Get With The Guidelines® Gold Plus recognition for stroke. The awards are in recognition of the hospital’s applying the most up-to-date treatment guidelines to improve patient care and outcomes for Lowcountry patients.

Interventional cardiologist Frederick Funke, MD with Trident Cardiology said, “The awards are evidence of the hard work of our physician and clinical teams and their commitment to consistently providing quality care. It also means patients can take comfort knowing that the treatment they receive at Trident Health is considered to be among the best care available anywhere.”

Hospitals must achieve 85 percent or higher adherence to all Get With The Guidelines-Stroke achievement indicators for two or more consecutive 12-month periods and achieve 75 percent or higher compliance with five of eight Get With The Guidelines-Stroke Quality measures to receive the Gold Plus Quality Achievement Award.

To qualify for the Target: Stroke Honor Roll, 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. Both Trident and Summerville Medical Centers earned the award by meeting specific quality achievement measures for the diagnosis and treatment of stroke patients at a set level for a designated period.

These quality measures are designed to help hospital teams follow the most up-to-date, evidence-based guidelines with the goal of speeding recovery and reducing death and disability for stroke patients.

“A stroke patient loses 1.9 million neurons each minute stroke treatment is delayed. This recognition further demonstrates our commitment to delivering advanced stroke treatments to patients quickly and safely,” said neurologist Kathleen Wiese, DO, medical director of Trident’s stroke program. “We continue to strive for excellence in the acute treatment of stroke patients. The recognition from the American Heart Association/American Stroke Association’s Get With The Guidelines-Stroke further reinforces our team’s hard work.”

In addition to Trident and Summerville Medical Centers, Trident Health also includes two freestanding ERs - Moncks Corner Medical Center and Centre Pointe Emergency.

“The American Heart Association and American Stroke Association recognize Trident Health for its commitment to cardiac and stroke care,” said Paul Heidenreich, M.D., M.S., national chairman of the Get With The Guidelines Steering Committee and Professor of Medicine at Stanford University. “Research has shown there are benefits to patients who are treated at hospitals that have adopted the Get With The Guidelines program.”

Get With The Guidelines® puts the expertise of the American Heart Association and American Stroke Association to work for hospitals nationwide, helping hospital care teams ensure the care provided to patients is aligned with the latest research-based guidelines. Developed with the goal to save lives and improve recovery time, Get With The Guidelines®-S has impacted more than 3 million patients since 2003.

According to the American Heart Association/American Stroke Association, stroke is the No. 5 cause of death and a leading cause of adult disability in the United States. On average, someone in the U.S. suffers a stroke every 40 seconds; someone dies of a stroke every four minutes; and nearly 800,000 people suffer a new or recurrent stroke each year.