Heritage Valley Health System hospitals – Heritage Valley Beaver
and Heritage Valley Sewickley – have each received the Get With The Guidelines®-Stroke
Silver-Plus Quality Achievement Award for implementing specific quality improvement
measures outlined by the American Heart Association/American Stroke Association
for the treatment of stroke patients.
Get With The Guidelines
Stroke helps hospital teams provide the most up-to-date, research-based guidelines
with the goal of speeding recovery and reducing death and disability for stroke
patients. Heritage Valley Beaver and Heritage Valley Sewickley each earned the award
by meeting specific quality achievement measures for the rapid diagnosis and treatment
of stroke patients at a set level for a designated period. These measures
include aggressive use of medications and risk-reduction therapies aimed at reducing
death and disability and improving the lives of stroke patients.
“Heritage Valley Health System is dedicated
to improving the quality of stroke care and guidelines from the American Heart Association
and the American Stroke Association help us achieve that goal,” said Linda
Homyk, MSN, RN, vice president and chief nursing officer, patient care services,
Heritage Valley Health System. “This award further demonstrates Heritage Valley’s
commitment to ensure that our patients receive care based on internationally-respected
“We are focused
on improving stroke care at our hospitals,” said Amy Kasper, nurse manager,
Emergency Department at Heritage Valley Sewickley. “In addition to the implementation
of these important guidelines, Heritage Valley participates in a “telestroke”
program that uses advanced video equipment to connect expert stroke neurologists
with Heritage Valley’s emergency department and critical care physicians and
nurses, along with patients and their families.”
Valley Beaver, the telestroke program is linked to neurologists at UPMC and at Heritage
Valley Sewickley, the program is linked to neurologists at Allegheny Health Network/Allegheny
“Our relationship with UPMC and Allegheny
Health Network enables our Emergency Department physicians and staff to collaborate
with experts in the field – to share clinical data and images, order timely
“clot buster” thrombolytic medication as needed, and discuss treatment
options,” said Lisa Rose, nurse manager at Heritage Valley Beaver.
are pleased to recognize Heritage Valley Beaver and Heritage Valley Sewickley for
their commitment and dedication to stroke care,” said Deepak L. Bhatt, M.D.,
M.P.H., national chairman of the Get With The Guidelines steering committee
and Executive Director of Interventional Cardiovascular Programs at Brigham and
Women's Hospital and Professor of Medicine at Harvard Medical School. “Studies
have shown that hospitals that consistently follow Get With The Guidelines quality
improvement measures can reduce patients’ length of stays and 30-day readmission
rates and reduce disparity gaps in care.”
Get With The Guidelines–Stroke
also helps Heritage Valley’s staff implement prevention measures, which include
educating stroke patients to manage their risk factors and to be aware of warning
signs for stroke, and ensuring they take their medications properly.
According to the American Heart Association/American
Stroke Association, stroke is the number four cause of death and a leading cause
of adult disability in the United States. 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.
Heritage Valley Health System
Heritage Valley Health System is
a $450 million integrated delivery network providing comprehensive health care for
residents of Allegheny, Beaver, Butler and Lawrence counties, in Pennsylvania; eastern
Ohio; and the panhandle of West Virginia. In partnership with 3,800 employees and
more than 450 physicians, Heritage Valley offers a broad range of medical, surgical
and diagnostic services at its two hospitals, Heritage Valley Sewickley and Heritage
Valley Beaver; in 72 physician offices; and 14 community satellite facilities.
For more information about Heritage Valley Health System, please visit www.heritagevalley.org.
Get With The Guidelines
Get With The Guidelines® is the American
Heart Association/American Stroke Association’s hospital-based quality improvement
program provides hospitals with the latest research-based guidelines. Developed
with the goal of saving lives and hastening recovery, Get With The Guidelines has
touched the lives of more than 4 million patients since 2001. For more information,
visit heart.org/quality or heart.org/myhealthcare.