OakBend wins Guidelines-Stroke Gold Plus Quality Achievement Award

From left are Jamie LeBlanc, Michelle Ziakas, Helen Maniego, Kenchen Schaefer, LaToya Bates, Bhavisha “BJ” Patel, CEO Joe Freudenberger, Darlene “Dee” Holmes and Saima Lakhani.

For the tenth year, OakBend Medical Center’s Jackson Street Campus has received the American Heart Association/American Stroke Association’s Get With The Guidelines®-Stroke Gold Plus Quality Achievement Award and the Williams Way campus received its first year Gold Plus Award.

The award recognizes the hospital’s commitment to ensuring stroke patients receive the most appropriate treatment according to nationally recognized, research-based guidelines based on the latest scientific evidence.

OakBend Medical Center 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 measures include evaluation of the proper use of medications and other stroke treatments aligned with the most up-to-date, evidence-based guidelines with the goal of speeding recovery and reducing death and disability for stroke patients.

Before discharge, patients should also receive education on managing their health; get a follow-up visit scheduled, as well as other care transition interventions.

“OakBend Medical Center is dedicated to improving the quality of care for our stroke patients by implementing the American Heart Association’s Get With The Guidelines-Stroke initiative,” said Joe Freudenberger, CEO of OakBend Medical Center.

“The tools and resources provided help us track and measure our success in meeting evidenced-based clinical guidelines developed to improve patient outcomes.”

“We are pleased to recognize OakBend Medical Center for their commitment to stroke care,” said Eric E. Smith, M.D., national chairman of the Get With The Guidelines Steering Committee and an associate professor of neurology at the University of Calgary in Alberta, Canada.

“Research has shown that hospitals adhering to clinical measures through the Get With The Guidelines quality improvement initiative can often see fewer readmissions and lower mortality rates.”

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 and nearly 795,000 people suffer a new or recurrent stroke each year.

This year, the award was presented at the Stroke Walk Sponsor celebration ceremony. This year’s sponsors included AccessHealth, Cryer Therapy Services, Dentists of Fort Bend/My Kid’s Dentist and Orthodontist, National Senior Care, Affiliates in Physical Therapy of OakBend Medical Center, Richmond Premier Foot & Ankle Clinic, T.W. Davis YMCA, Encompass Health Rehabilitation Hospital of Sugarland, Hospice Plus, Fort Bend HealthCare Center, Texas Home Health, State Representative Dr. John Zerwas, OakBend Medical Group, Kindred Sugar Land, and Fairmont Hospice.

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