Thursday, May 3, 2012

Loyola Wins Gold Plus Achievement Award from American Stroke Association

Gottlieb Memorial Hospital Also Wins Silver Award in Heart Care

MAYWOOD, Ill. -- For the fourth year in a row, Loyola University Medical Center has won a Get with the Guidelines® Stroke Gold Plus Quality Achievement Award from the American Heart Association/American Stroke Association.

And Gottlieb Memorial Hospital, part of the Loyola University Health System, won the Heart Failure Silver Quality Achievement Award.

The Gold award is given to hospitals that achieve 85 percent or higher adherence to all stroke performance guidelines and 75 percent or higher compliance with six of 10 stroke quality measures. These measures include aggressive use of clot-busting drugs, blood thinners, cholesterol-reducing drugs and smoking cessation. The measures are aimed at reducing death and disability and improving the lives of stroke patients.

Gottlieb won the Silver award for reaching an aggressive goal of treating heart failure patients with 85 percent compliance for one year to core standard levels of care.

Get with the Guidelines® employs the "teachable moment" right after a patient has had a stroke. Studies have found that teaching patients how to manage risk factors while they still are in the hospital reduces the risk of a second heart attack or stroke.

Loyola provides evidence-based specialized stroke care from a multidisciplinary team of stroke experts 24 hours a day, seven days a week. Loyola is certified by the Joint Commission as an Advanced Primary Stroke Center.

Stroke is the third-leading cause of death in the United States and a leading cause of serious, long-term disability. On average, someone suffers a stroke every 45 seconds; someone dies of a stroke every 3 minutes; and 795,000 people suffer a new or recurrent stroke each year, according to the American Heart Association/American Stroke Association.

The 4.5 hours after a stroke are critical. Loyola's emergency stroke team uses CT scans, MRIs and other tests and procedures to quickly determine the best treatment.

"When a stroke occurs, every second counts," said stroke specialist Dr. José Biller. "Time is brain. The faster we can diagnose and treat patients, the better the outcome." Biller is chairman of the Department of Neurology, Loyola University Chicago Stritch School of Medicine.

About Loyola University Health System

Loyola University Health System (LUHS) is a member of Trinity Health. Based in the western suburbs of Chicago, LUHS is a quaternary care system that includes Loyola University Medical Center (LUMC), located on a 61-acre campus in Maywood, Gottlieb Memorial Hospital (GMH), on a 36-acre campus in Melrose Park, and convenient locations offering primary and specialty care services throughout Cook, Will and DuPage counties. At the heart of LUMC is a 547-licensed-bed hospital that houses the Center for Heart & Vascular Medicine, the Cardinal Bernardin Cancer Center, a Level 1 trauma center, a burn center, a children's hospital, Loyola Outpatient Center, and Loyola Oral Health Center. The campus also is home to Loyola University Chicago Stritch School of Medicine, Loyola University Chicago Marcella Niehoff School of Nursing and the Loyola Center for Fitness. The GMH campus includes a 254-licensed-bed community hospital, a Professional Office Building with 150 private practice clinics, an adult day care program, the Gottlieb Center for Fitness, the Loyola Center for Metabolic Surgery and Bariatric Care and the Loyola Cancer Care & Research at the Marjorie G. Weinberg Cancer Center at Melrose Park.

Trinity Health is one of the largest multi-institutional Catholic health care delivery systems in the nation. It serves people and communities in 22 states from coast to coast with 93 hospitals, and 120 continuing care locations — including home care, hospice, PACE and senior living facilities — that provide nearly 2.5 million visits annually.