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Mobile, Ala. (January 14, 2008)
Contact: Bob Lowry, USA Medical Center, (251) 471-7262

USA Medical Center First in Mobile with American Stroke Association Achievement Award

 

Front row, from left, Ann Brown, Suzanne Gramlich, Mattie Williams, Carolyn Williams, Cindy Carrigan, Charlotte Craig and Dr. Ivan Lopez, and back row, from left, Sharon Ezelle, Libby Allen, Capt. Don Meyers, Anne Carter, Erika Smith, Jennifer Jones, Mel Parnell, Paul Sanford, Michael Glavan and Dr. Richard Zweifler

USA Stroke Center team members and supporters turned out for the Silver Achievement Award.  Front row, from left, Ann Brown, Suzanne Gramlich, Mattie Williams, Carolyn Williams, Cindy Carrigan, Charlotte Craig and Dr. Ivan Lopez, and back row, from left, Sharon Ezelle, Libby Allen, Capt. Don Meyers, Anne Carter, Erika Smith, Jennifer Jones, Mel Parnell, Paul Sanford, Michael Glavan and Dr. Richard Zweifler.

MOBILE - University of South Alabama Medical Center has received the American Stroke Association’s “Get With The Guidelines-Stroke” Silver Performance Achievement Award, the only hospital in Mobile to be selected.  The award was presented for 12 consecutive months of sustained quality performance in the area of stroke care.  It further recognizes USA Medical Center’s commitment and success in implementing a higher standard of stroke care by ensuring that stroke patients receive treatment according to nationally accepted standards and recommendations.

 

“With a stroke, time lost is brain lost, and the GWTG-Stroke Silver Performance Achievement Award recognizes the crucial element of time,” Richard Zweifler, M.D., medical director of the Stroke Center at USA Medical Center and professor of neurology in the USA College of Medicine, said.

 
USA Medical Center has developed a comprehensive system for rapid diagnosis and treatment of stroke patients admitted to the emergency department.  This includes always being equipped to provide brain-imaging scans, having neurologists available to conduct patient evaluations and using clot-busting medications when appropriate.
 
“USA Medical Center is improving the quality of stroke care by implementing GWTG-Stroke guidelines,” Zweifler said.  “The number of acute ischemic stroke patients eligible for treatment is expected to grow over the next decade due to increasing stroke incidence and a large aging population.”
 
According to the American Stroke Association, each year approximately 700,000 people suffer a stroke; 500,000 are first attacks and 200,000 are recurrent.  Of stroke survivors, 21 percent of men and 24 percent of women die within a year, and for those aged 65 and older, the percentage is even higher.
 
USA Medical Center received the award by consistently complying for at least one year with the requirements in the GWTG-Stroke program.  These include aggressive use of medications such as tPA, antithrombotics, anticoagulation therapy for DVT prophylaxis, cholesterol reducing drugs and smoking cessation.  This 12-month evaluation period is the second in an ongoing self-evaluation by USA Medical Center to continually reach the 85 percent compliance level needed to sustain this award.
 
GWTG-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 health care professionals’ guidance.  Studies demonstrate that patients who are taught how to manage their risk factors while still in the hospital reduce their risk of a second heart attack or stroke.
 
Through GWTG-Stroke, customized patient education materials are made available at the point of discharge, based on patients’ individual risk profiles.  The take-away materials are written in an easy-to-understand format and are available in English and Spanish.  In addition, the GWTG Patient Management Tool provides access to up-to-date cardiovascular and stroke science at the point of care.
 
 For additional information, please call the USA Stroke Center at (251) 470-5801 or visit www.southalabama.edu/usamc.
 
 
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