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Providence Healthcare Network has received the Get With The Guidelines®–Stroke Gold Plus Quality Achievement Award from the American Heart Association. The award recognizes Providence’s commitment and success in implementing a higher standard of care by ensuring that stroke patients receive treatment according to nationally accepted guidelines.
Get With The Guidelines–Stroke helps Providence’s staff develop and implement acute and secondary prevention guideline processes to improve patient care and outcomes. The program provides hospitals with a web-based patient management tool, best practice discharge protocols and standing orders, along with a robust registry and real-time benchmarking capabilities to track performance.
The quick and efficient use of guideline procedures can improve the quality of care for stroke patients and may reduce disability and save lives.
“Recent studies show that patients treated in hospitals participating in the American Heart Association’s Get With The Guidelines-Stroke program receive a higher quality of care and may experience better outcomes,” said Lee H. Schwamm, M.D., chair of the Get With The Guidelines National Steering Committee and director of the TeleStroke and Acute Stroke Services at Massachusetts General Hospital in Boston, Mass. “Providence’s team is to be commended for their commitment to improving the care of their patients.”
Following Get With The Guidelines-Stroke treatment guidelines, patients are started on aggressive risk-reduction therapies including the use of medications such as tPA, antithrombotics and anticoagulation therapy, along with cholesterol reducing drugs and smoking cessation counseling. These are all aimed at reducing death and disability and improving the lives of stroke patients. Hospitals must adhere to these measures at a set level for a designated period of time to be eligible for the achievement awards.
According to the American Heart Association/American Stroke Association, stroke is one of the leading causes of death and serious, long-term disability in the United States. On average, someone suffers a stroke every 40 seconds; someone dies of a stroke every four minutes; and 795,000 people suffer a new or recurrent stroke each year.
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The evolution of surgery has made great strides-from open technique that resulted in lengthy hospital stays, extended recovery time and potential for substantial pain and scaring, to robotic surgery using single site incisions that leave virtually no scars and result in a more rapid recovery time. Such advancements can alleviate many of the fears associated with surgery.
In September, Todd Moffatt, MD, performed Waco's first robotic single site cholecystectomy, or gallbladder removal, through a single incision, using Providence's da Vinci® Si™ Surgical System. Robotic single site surgery has many of the same benefits of single incision laparoscopic surgery including low rates of major complications, low blood loss, low rates of wound infection, short hospital stays and virtually no scars. However; the scope of functionality that single incision laparoscopic surgery offers is limited. Using robotic "arms" that provide range of motion, robotic single site surgery provides surgeons functionality more like traditional laparoscopic surgery that uses three incision sites, creating triangular access-but with just one incision at the base of the belly button!
Dr. Moffatt is no stranger to surgical innovation: in May 2011, he performed Providence's first cholecystectomy, using the latest advancements in Covidien SILS™ technology. Shortly after, he performed Waco's first single incision sigmoidectomy, or resection of the lower colon. So what drives Dr. Moffatt's pursuit of technological advancement? "There is definitely a future for robotic surgery. It is important to be on the front end of the curve, not trying to play catch-up," Dr. Moffatt said.
Providence is committed to providing safe, quality care-offering the latest in robotic advancements is just another example of our commitment to excellence. To learn more about the Providence Robotic Institute, visit providencerobotics.org.
10 Rehab Staff members and one former staff member ran in the first annual Waco Wounded Veterans 5K. All proceeds are to go towards the Wounded Warrior Foundation. Thanks to Mary Cantu, PT, DPT for all her help with this! A great time was had by everyone and we're looking forward to participating next year!
Providence was recognized by the American Heart Association in a congratulatory ad published in the U.S. & News World Report for meeting the criteria of the AHA’s Get with the Guidelines quality program! It is evident that our entire cardiac team is committed to providing comprehensive, quality heart care to our community, and as the cover letter states, it IS nice to be recognized!
The 2014 Heart Walk is just around the corner and fundraising will be gearing up soon! Mark your calendars for the walk, Saturday, November 2!
Providence Radiology was awarded with the first ever Student Choice Award in the large facility category by the MCC Radiology Student Organization. They were presented the honor at the Radiologic Technology pinning ceremony on August 16, 2013. The award was determined by the clinical site that provided the best mentoring and outstanding student instruction, practiced the best radiation protection methods, as well as demonstrated exceptional professionalism and ethical behavior. Melissa Boyter and Peggy Pustejovsky accepted this award on behalf of Providence Radiology. Congratulations!