Mount Auburn Hospital Is Nationally Recognized for Its Commitment to Providing High-Quality Stroke Care

August 16, 2023

The American Heart Association Presents the Get With the Guidelines Awards for Proven Dedication to Best Practices and Life-Saving Care

Cambridge, Mass. – Mount Auburn Hospital has received an American Heart Association Get With The Guidelines - Stroke, Target: Stroke Honor Roll Elite and Target: Type 2 Diabetes Honor Roll achievement award for demonstrating commitment to following up-to-date, research-based guidelines for the treatment of stroke, ultimately leading to more lives saved, shorter recovery times and fewer readmissions to the hospital.

Every 40 seconds, someone in the U.S. has a stroke or heart attack, and heart disease and stroke are the No. 1 and No. 5 causes of death in the United States, respectively. Studies show patients can recover better when providers consistently follow treatment guidelines.

Get With The Guidelines puts the expertise of the American Heart Association and American Stroke Association to work for hospitals nationwide, helping ensure patient care is aligned with the latest evidence- and research-based guidelines. As a participant in the Get With The Guidelines program, Mount Auburn Hospital qualified for the award by demonstrating how their organization has committed to improving quality care.

“The efforts of our staff, combined with the latest stroke treatment guidance provided by the Get With the Guidelines, ensures that we help improve chances of recovery and survival for our stroke patients,” said Ed Huang, MD, President of Mount Auburn Hospital. “We thank the American Heart Association for this recognition.”

This year, Mount Auburn Hospital received these achievement awards:

  • Get With The Guidelines - Stroke Gold Plus: Hospitals receiving Get With The Guidelines Gold Plus achievement award have reached an aggressive goal of treating patients to core standard levels of care as outlined by the American Heart Association/American Stroke Association for 2 consecutive calendar years or more. In addition, those hospitals have demonstrated compliance to an additional level of quality during the 24-month or greater period.
  • Target: Stroke Honor Roll Elite: To qualify for this recognition, hospitals must meet specific criteria that reduce the time between an eligible patient’s arrival at the hospital and treatment with the clot-buster alteplase.
  • Target: Type 2 Diabetes Honor Roll: Target: Type 2 Diabetes aims to ensure patients with Type 2 diabetes, who might be at higher risk for complications, receive the most up-to-date, evidence-based care when hospitalized due to stroke.

“We are pleased to recognize Mount Auburn Hospital for its commitment to caring for those in their community who need cardiovascular care,” said John Warner, M.D., FAHA, past president of the American Heart Association and CEO of The Ohio State University Wexner Medical Center. “Hospitals that follow the American Heart Association’s quality improvement protocols often see improved patient outcomes, fewer readmissions and lower mortality rates – a win for healthcare systems, families and communities.”

Mount Auburn has been designated as a Primary Stroke Service site by the Massachusetts Department of Public Health (DPH). Earlier this year, Mount Auburn received grant funding from DPH to produce a series of public services announcements to raise awareness of stroke signs. Learn more about stroke care at Mount Auburn Hospital.

About Mount Auburn Hospital

Mount Auburn Hospital was founded in 1886. A teaching hospital of Harvard Medical School, its mission is to provide clinically excellent care with compassion and to teach students of medicine and the health professions.

Mount Auburn Hospital is a part of Beth Israel Lahey Health, a healthcare system that brings together academic medical centers and teaching hospitals, community and specialty hospitals, more than 4,700 physicians and 39,000 employees in a shared mission to expand access to great care and advance the science and practice of medicine through groundbreaking research and education.

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