Waterbury Hospital in Connecticut Receives American Stroke Association’s Elite Honor Roll Recognition

Waterbury Hospital in Connecticut Receives American Stroke Association’s Elite Honor Roll Recognition
August 6, 2020

Waterbury Hospital in Connecticut has received the American Heart Association/American Stroke Association’s Get With The Guidelines®-Stroke Gold Plus Achievement Award with Target: Stroke Honor Roll Elite Plus. The award recognizes the hospital’s commitment to and success in implementing a higher standard for stroke patients.

Get with the Guidelines(GWTG)-Stroke provides hospitals with guidelines that help speed recovery and reduce death and disability for stroke patients. The program provides hospitals with a web-based patient management tool, along with standardized care orders and discharge protocols. It also provides a data collection component to help track success.

To receive the Gold Plus Quality Achievement Award, hospitals must achieve 85 percent or higher adherence to all (GWTG)-Stroke achievement indicators for two or more consecutive 12-month periods and achieved 75 percent or higher compliance with five of eight (GWTH)-Stroke Quality measures.

According to the American Heart Association/American Stroke Association, stroke is the number five cause of death and a leading cause of adult disability in the United States. Stroke is a leading cause of serious long-term disability. Stroke reduces mobility in more than half of stroke survivors age 65 and over. About 185,000 strokes—nearly 1 of 4—are in people who have had a previous stroke. 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.