The American Heart Association has recognized Comer Children’s Hospital with its top honor for resuscitation care of newborns and children, and University of Chicago Medicine with its top honor for stroke care, a media release from University of Chicago Medical Center reports.

Comer received the association’s Get With The Guidelines-Resuscitation Gold Plus Award for both the neonatal and pediatric populations, while UChicago Medicine received the American Heart Association/American Stroke Association’s Get With The Guidelines-Stroke Gold Plus Quality Achievement Award.

Get with the Guidelines – Resuscitation

Comer received the silver award last year and reached gold this year after continued excellence in the quality improvement measures outlined by the American Heart Association for the treatment of babies and children who experience cardiac arrests, the release explains.

“The award reflects an institutional commitment to achieving high-quality resuscitation performance for every patient, every single time. It’s about a culture and a mindset of continuous improvement and fierce dedication to providing the best care for our patients.”

— Priti Jani, MD, MPH, a specialist in pediatric critical care medicine

The Get With the Guidelines-Resuscitation program was developed with the goal of saving the lives of those who experience in-hospital cardiac arrests through consistently following the most up-to-date research-based guidelines for treatment.

Comer received the award for its meticulous tracking of resuscitation events, its work to prevent cardiac arrests outside the ICU, and its commitment to continuously reviewing and improving its processes and practices.

Jani credits the hospital’s CPR committee, nurse educators, ICU pharmacist, and leadership – including John Cunningham, MD, Physician-in-Chief at Comer Children’s, and Allison Bartlett, MD, MS, quality chief for pediatrics – for ensuring that proper resuscitation pathways and processes are in place for every patient, the release continues.

Get with the Guidelines – Stroke

University of Chicago Medicine received the Get with the Guidelines – Stroke award for its commitment to ensuring stroke patients receive the most appropriate treatment according to nationally recognized guidelines based on the latest scientific evidence. Measures include evaluation of the proper use of medications and other stroke treatments aligned with up-to-date, evidence-based guidelines with the goal of speeding recovery and reducing death and disability for stroke patients.

“We are incredibly proud and honored to be recognized again for our collective efforts to deliver high-quality stroke care to our community. “It would not have been possible without the hard work of all of our providers and team members. As the field of stroke care continues to evolve and improve, we remain dedicated to staying ahead of the curve and providing the most advanced treatments for all of our patients.”

— Shyam Prabhakaran, MD, MS, chair of the Department of Neurology at UChicago Medicine

In addition to the gold awards, the hospital also was named to the association’s Target Stroke Honor Roll Elite and the Type 2 Diabetes Honor Roll. It also received the silver award for Mission: Lifeline, which recognizes care for patients with acute, high-risk and time-sensitive disease states that threaten either the patient’s life or quality of life.

“We commend UChicago Medicine for these awards in recognition for following evidence-based guidelines for timely heart attack treatment. We applaud the significant institutional commitment to their critical role in the system of care for quickly and appropriately treating heart attack patients.

“We are also pleased to recognize UChicago Medicine for their commitment to stroke care. 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. Shortening the time to effective resuscitation and maximizing post-resuscitation care is critical to patient survival.”

— Lisa Hinton, American Heart Association Chicago Executive Director

[Source(s): University of Chicago Medical Center, Newswise]

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