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BGMC/GVI Earns National Recognition for Efforts to Improve Stroke Treatment

Updated: 9/21/2021

The American Heart Association presents Get with the Guidelines-Stroke GoldPlus award for commitment to prioritizing quality care for stroke patients



Buffalo General Medical Center/Gates Vascular Institute (BGMC/GVI) has received the American Heart Association’s Get With The Guidelines®-Stroke GoldPlus Quality Achievement Award for our commitment to ensuring stroke patients receive the most appropriate treatment according to nationally recognized, research-based guidelines.

Stroke is the No. 5 cause of death and a leading cause of adult disability in the U.S. On average, someone in the U.S. suffers a stroke every 40 seconds, and nearly 795,000 people suffer a new or recurrent stroke each year. Early stroke detection and treatment are key to improving survival, minimizing disability and speeding recovery times.

Get With The Guidelines®-Stroke was developed to assist healthcare professionals to provide the most up-to-date, research-based guidelines for treating stroke patients.

“We are honored to be recognized by the American Heart Association for our dedication to helping patients have the best possible chance of survival after a stroke,” said Chris Lane, president, BGMC/GVI. “Get With The Guidelines®-Stroke makes it easier for our expert care teams to put proven knowledge and guidelines to work on a daily basis to improve outcomes for stroke patients.”

Each year, program participants apply for the award recognition by demonstrating how their organization has committed to providing quality care for stroke patients. In addition to following treatment guidelines, BGMC/GVI also provides education to patients to help them manage their health and rehabilitation once they return home.

“We are pleased to recognize Buffalo General Medical Center/Gates Vascular Institute for their commitment to stroke care,” said Lee H. Schwamm, M.D., national chairperson of the Quality Oversight Committee and Executive Vice Chair of Neurology, Director of Acute Stroke Services, Massachusetts General Hospital. “Research has shown that hospitals adhering to clinical measures through the Get With The Guidelines® quality improvement initiative can often see fewer readmissions and lower mortality rates.”

BGMC/GVI also received the AHA's Target: Stroke Honor Roll Elite Award. To qualify for this recognition, hospitals must meet quality measures developed to reduce the time between the patient’s arrival at the hospital and treatment with the clot-buster tissue plasminogen activator, or tPA, the only drug approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration to treat ischemic stroke.

Additionally, BGMC/GVI received the AHA's Target: Type 2 Diabetes Honor Roll Award. To qualify for this recognition, hospitals must meet quality measures developed with more than 90% of compliance for 12 consecutive months for the “Overall Diabetes Cardiovascular Initiative Composite Score.”