Brandon Regional Hospital is One of Only Four Hospitals in Florida to Achieve The Target: Stroke Honor Roll Designation
Brandon, Florida (November 10, 2014) – Brandon Regional Hospital was recently presented with the American Heart Association/American Stroke Association’s Target: Stroke Honor Roll, for improving patient care. This means that at least 50 percent of eligible ischemic stroke patients have received IV rt-PA(TPA or “stroke buster” medication) within 60 minutes of arriving at the hospital (known as “door-to-needle” time). Brandon Regional Hospital is one of only four hospitals in Florida to receive this prestigious distinction.
Brandon Regional Hospital also received the American Heart Association/American Stroke Association’s Gold Plus Target Stroke Award.
To receive the award Brandon Regional Hospital achieved 85 percent or higher adherence to all Get With the Guidelines® Stroke Quality Achievement indicators for two or more 12 month consecutive intervals and achieved 75 percent or higher compliance with six of ten Get With the Guidelines® – Stroke Quality Measure which are reporting initiatives to measure quality of care.
“Brandon Regional Hospital’s extremely pleased to receive these two significant distinctions in the clinical field of stroke care. The ability to provide key treatments in a timely manner means a greater possibility for improved outcomes for our patients. This is certainly good news for those suffering stroke,” said Brandon Regional Hospital’s CEO Bland Eng.
Get With the Guidelines® – Stroke uses the “teachable moment,” the time soon after a patient has had a stroke, when they are most likely to listen to and follow their healthcare professional’s guidance. Studies demonstrate that patients who are taught how to manage their risk factors while still in the hospital reduce their risk of second heart attack or stroke.
According to the American Heart Association/American Stroke Association, stroke is the fourth leading cause of death in the United States and the leading cause of serious, long-term disability. On average someone suffers a stroke every 45 seconds; someone dies of a stroke every three minutes, and almost 800,000 people suffer a new or recurrent stroke each year.
Attached photo: Members of Brandon Regional Hospital’s supervisory staff pose with Kathy Fenelon of the American Heart and American Stroke Associations on receipt of their award.
Front row, left to right: Stephanie Moss, Assistant Chief Nursing Officer; Lela Sanders, RN, Stroke Coordinator; Alamelu Murugappan, MD, Neurologist and Medical Director of Brandon Regional Hospital’s Stroke Program.
Back row, left to right: Carmen Kurceba, RN, Nursing Supervisor; Kathy Fenelon, American Heart and American Stroke Associations; Colleen Ankrom, Patient Care Director of the Intensive Care Units; Tanya Garrett, RN, Charge Nurse of the Neuroscience Unit; Heather Holly, Assistant Director of the ER; Bland Eng, CEO, Brandon Regional Hospital.
About Get With The Guidelines
Get With The Guidelines® is the American Heart Association/American Stroke Association’s hospital-based quality improvement program that empowers healthcare teams to save lives and reduce healthcare costs by helping hospitals follow evidence-based guidelines and recommendations. For more information, visit heart.org/quality.
About Brandon Regional Hospital
Brandon Regional Hospital, a member of HCA West Florida Division, is a 398-bed acute care facility offering a number of specialty services including the Heart & Vascular Center, where the latest in cardiovascular surgery and minimally invasive techniques are performed, The Behavioral Health Center, The Women’s Center, which includes our Baby Suites and 22 bed neonatal intensive care unit, orthopedic and spine center, and a designated Bariatric Center of Excellence.
Brandon Regional Hospital and All Children’s Specialty Physicians now work together to increase the care provided to newborns and high-risk expectant mothers at Brandon Regional Hospital. Neonatologists and maternal-fetal medicine physicians from All Children’s Specialty Physicians have joined Brandon Regional Hospital’s medical staff, expanding the specialized care offered to high-risk mothers and infants who require Level III neonatal care – the highest licensed level for neonatal service in Florida.
Brandon Regional Hospital is located at 119 Oakfield Drive, Brandon, Florida 33511. For more information contact Patricia Montgomery, 813-571-5105 or go to BrandonRegionalHospital.com.