Vidant Health hospitals receive Get With The Guidelines® awards

Greenville, North Carolina – October 11, 2021 – Vidant Health hospitals have received several recommendations from the American Heart Association / American Stroke Association.® award of excellence for their work in the treatment of stroke, diabetes, cardiac arrest, heart attacks and heart failure.

These awards recognize the hospital’s commitment to ensuring that patients receive the most appropriate treatment in accordance with nationally recognized, research-based guidelines based on the latest scientific evidence.

“Vidant’s recognition by Get With The Guidelines® demonstrates our commitment to quality care. Meeting our mission to improve the health and wellness of eastern North Carolina means finding solutions for the chronic diseases that affect so many people in our region, ”said Teresa Anderson, PhD, RN, NE-BC, senior vice president of quality at Vidant. “The Vidant System is proud to be recognized by the American Heart Association for turning guidelines into lifelines.”

Vidant Health hospitals that receive recognition include:

“We are delighted to recognize Vidant Health for its commitment to diabetes, stroke and heart care,” said Lee H. Schwamm, MD, national chair of the American Heart Association’s Quality Oversight Committee and Executive Vice President of Neurology, Director of Acute Stroke Services. , Massachusetts General Hospital, Boston, Massachusetts. “Research has shown that hospitals that adhere to clinical measures as part of the Get With The Guidelines® quality improvement initiative can often see fewer readmissions and lower mortality rates. “

Stroke, diabetes and cardiovascular disease, which includes heart failure, heart attack and cardiac arrest, are among the leading causes of death in the country. Cardiovascular disease claims more lives each year than all forms of cancer and chronic lower respiratory disease combined.

According to the American Heart Association / American Stroke Association, stroke is the fifth leading cause of death and one of the leading causes of disability among adults in the United States. On average, a person in the United States has a stroke every 40 seconds, and there are nearly 795,000 new or recurring strokes each year. Stroke kills approximately 140,000 Americans each year, which is one in twenty deaths. In eastern North Carolina, the death rate from stroke is even higher, underscoring the need for preventive and prompt care.

“These awards are another proud moment for the Vidant Health System as it achieves recognition from the AHA / ASA for providing the highest standard of stroke care through its network of stroke-ready hospitals. ‘Acute stroke, primary stroke centers and a comprehensive stroke center,’ said Dr Shailesh Male, stroke medical director at VMC. “This honor is a testament to Vidant’s commitment to improving the health and well-being of eastern North Carolina.”

To speak to a Vidant neurologist for elective care, please call 252-816-9700.

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