American Heart Association Awards Covenant Stroke Care Top Honors

Covenant HealthCare recently received the American Heart Association (AHA)/American Stroke Association’s Get with The Guidelines®-Stroke Gold Plus and Target Stroke Honor Roll Elite Plus, the highest award AHA gives related to stroke care.

Covenant HealthCare is one of only 12 hospitals in Michigan to obtain this achievement. Covenant is among an exclusive group of hospitals both in Michigan and nationally that treat at least 75% of their acute stroke patients in 60 minutes or less, as well as at least 50% of their acute stroke patients in 45 minutes or less, providing the patient with the opportunity to receive the clot busting drug tPA which has been proven to improve outcomes for the stroke patient if given within a very short period of time after symptom recognition.

Kathie Thomas, DHA, MPH, Senior Director, Quality and Systems Improvement, American Heart Association presented the award during a Covenant Stroke Survivor and Community Awareness event Tuesday, May 7. She had this to say, “The Get with the Guidelines-Stroke Gold Plus awards are granted to hospitals that treat every eligible patient according to the American Heart Association’s (AHA) recommended guidelines in at least 85% of eligible patients for at least two years, and Covenant HealthCare has most definitely exceeded this time frame. These guidelines include measures such as providing antithrombotics appropriately, putting the patient on an anticoagulant if they have Afib or Aflutter, providing smoking cessation counseling, prescribing a Statin, and many more.”

Covenant is a Primary Stroke Center meeting the rigorous standards of, and is accredited by, the Health Facilities Accreditation Program (HFAP) as a Primary Stroke Care Program. To be a HFAP certified Primary Stroke Center, Covenant demonstrates improved treatment, better patient outcomes and reduced costs. Moreover, Primary Stroke centers have the required infrastructure and protocols in place to stabilize and provide rapid and evidence-based care to acute stroke patients.

(left to right) Kari Latocki, Stroke Data Abstractor, Kathie Thomas, American Heart Association, Melissa Duchene, Stroke Program Coordinator, Dr. Joel Beltran, Medical Director of Stroke Services, Patrice Lanczak, Director of Emergency, Trauma, and Stroke Services, Dr. Kirsten Guenther, Emergency Care.