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Baptist Health Deaconess Madisonville nationally recognized for high-quality stroke care

The American Heart Association presents Get With The Guidelines - GoldPlus award for proven dedication to ensuring all stroke patients have access to best practices and life-saving care 

MADISONVILLE, KY —  Baptist Health Deaconess Madisonville has received the American Heart Association’s Get With The Guidelines® - Stroke Gold Plus 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.

Baptist Health Deaconess Madisonville also received the American Heart Association’s Get With The Guidelines® - Stroke Rural Recognition Bronze award which recognizes efforts to address the unique health needs of rural communities. 

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.

People who live in rural communities live an average of three years fewer than urban counterparts and have a 40% higher likelihood of developing heart disease and face a 30% increased risk for stroke mortality — a gap that has grown over the past two decades.

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 research- and evidence-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.

“Baptist Health Deaconess Madisonville is committed to improving patient care by adhering to the latest treatment guidelines,” said Robbie Jones, MSN, APRN, AGACNP-BC, ANVP-BC and stroke program coordinator for BHDM. “Get With The Guidelines makes it easier for our teams to put proven knowledge and guidelines to work on a daily basis, which studies show can help patients recover better. The end goal is to ensure more people in our community can experience longer, 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 Baptist Health Deaconess Madisonville for its commitment to caring for patients with stroke,” said Steven Messe, M.D., volunteer chairperson of the American Heart Association Stroke System of Care Advisory Group and professor of neurology and director of fellowships of neurology at the Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania. “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.”

Baptist Health Deaconess Madisonville 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.

“We've made it a goal to make sure the hurdles we face living in a rural community do not affect the standard of care our stoke patients receive. Rural communities deserve high quality stroke care. I'm proud of our team for their commitment to stroke care excellence and this achievement”, added Jones.
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