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Verde Valley Medical Center recognized with quality achievement award for stroke care


May 8, 2014

Verde Valley Medical Center has received the Get With The Guidelines®–Stroke Silver Quality Achievement Award for implementing specific quality improvement measures outlined by the American Heart/Association Stroke Association for the treatment of stroke patients.

Get With The Guidelines–Stroke program helps hospital teams provide the most up-to-date, research-based guidelines with the goal of speeding recovery and reducing death and disability for stroke patients.  VVMC earned the award by meeting specific quality achievement measures for the rapid diagnosis and treatment of stroke patients at a set level for a designated period.  These measures include proper use of medications and aggressive risk-reduction therapies aimed at reducing death and disability and improving the lives of stroke patients.

“VVMC is dedicated to improving the quality of stroke care and the American Heart Association’s Get With The Guidelines–Stroke program helps us to accomplish this goal,” said Rick Peterson, Northern Arizona Healthcare Vice president of Professional and Support Services. “With this award, our hospital demonstrates our commitment to ensure that our patients receive care based on internationally-respected clinical guidelines. This means much more than a recognition and a plaque – to the community it means exceptional care and outcomes.”

“We are pleased to recognize VVMC for their commitment and dedication to stroke care,” said Deepak L. Bhatt, M.D., M.P.H., national chairman of the Get With The Guidelines steering committee and Executive Director of Interventional Cardiovascular Programs at Brigham and Women's Hospital and Professor of Medicine at Harvard Medical School. “Studies have shown that hospitals that consistently follow Get With The Guidelines quality improvement measures can reduce patients’ length of stays and 30-day readmission rates and reduce disparity gaps in care.”

According to the American Heart Association/American Stroke Association, stroke is the number four cause of death and a leading cause of adult 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.

Verde Valley Medical Center is part of Northern Arizona Healthcare, which also serves patients through Flagstaff Medical Center, Verde Valley Medical Clinic, Cancer Centers of Northern Arizona Healthcare, Heart & Vascular Center of Northern Arizona, Northern Arizona Homecare and Northern Arizona Hospice, Fit Kids of Arizona and Guardian Air.


For more information on Verde Valley Medical Center programs and services, visit VerdeValleyMedicalCenter.com. “Like” VVMC at Facebook.com/ VerdeValleyMedicalCenter; follow VVMC on Twitter.com/verdemedical.

About Get With The Guidelines
Get With The Guidelines® is the American Heart Association/American Stroke Association’s hospital-based quality improvement program that provides hospitals with the latest research-based guidelines.  Developed with the goal of saving lives and hastening recovery, Get With The Guidelines has touched the lives of more than 4 million patients since 2001. For more information, visit heart.org/quality or heart.org/myhealthcare. 



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