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Published on August 08, 2019

Genesis HealthCare System Receives National Stroke Awards

group of men women with doctor smiling at camera holding award at Genesis Hospital

Demonstrates commitment to quality stroke treatment

Zanesville, Ohio (Aug. 8, 2019) – Genesis HealthCare System received the American Heart Association/American Stroke Association’s (AHA/ASA) Get With The Guidelines®-Stroke Gold Plus Quality Achievement award and the Target: StrokeSM Elite award. These awards recognize the hospital’s commitment to providing the most appropriate stroke treatment according to nationally recognized research guidelines that are based on the latest scientific evidence. This is the fifth consecutive year for the Stroke Gold Plus Quality Achievement award and the second consecutive year Genesis has received the award together with the Target: Stroke Elite award.

“Genesis HealthCare System is dedicated to improving the quality of care for stroke patients through the Get With The Guidelines-Stroke initiative,” said Bryan Bjornstad, M.D., neurologist and medical director of the Genesis stroke program. “The awards demonstrate our commitment to meeting evidenced-based clinical guidelines. Our stroke program is a true team effort; many employees and physicians work together to provide a high quality of care to the people of our community.”

Hospitals must achieve 85 percent or higher adherence to all Get With The Guidelines-Stroke achievement indicators for two or more consecutive 12-month periods and achieve 75 percent or higher compliance with five of eight Get With The Guidelines-Stroke Quality measures to receive the Gold Plus Quality Achievement Award.

To qualify for association’s Target: StrokeSM Elite award, hospitals must meet quality measures developed to reduce the time between the patient’s arrival at the hospital and treatment with the clot-buster tissue plasminogen activator (tPa), the only drug approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration to treat ischemic stroke.

Genesis has also met specific scientific guidelines as a Primary Stroke Center, featuring a comprehensive system for rapid diagnosis and treatment of stroke patients admitted to the Emergency Department.

According to the AHA/ASA, stroke is the No. 5 cause of death and a leading cause of adult disability in the United States. On average, someone in the U.S. suffers a stroke every 40 seconds and nearly 795,000 people suffer a new or recurrent stroke each year.

Representatives of the Genesis stroke team received the AHA/ASA’s Get With The Guidelines®-Stroke Gold Plus Quality Achievement award and the Target: StrokeSM Elite awards in July from Abigail Loechler, M.P.H., American Heart Association. Pictured are from left to right: John Zimmerman, M.D., emergency medicine; Loechler; Bryan Bjornstad, M.D., neurologist and medical director of the Genesis stroke program; Keela Barker, M.B.A., director of Genesis Rehabilitation and Ambulatory Services; and Shannon Nezbeth, M.S.N., CMSRN, director of Genesis Acute Care Services.  

About Genesis HealthCare System

Genesis is an integrated healthcare delivery system based in Southeastern Ohio. The system includes Genesis Hospital, a not-for-profit hospital in Zanesville; centers of excellence including Respiratory, Women’s & Children’s, Emergency & Trauma, Cancer Services; Neurosciences & Orthopedics; Center of Surgical Excellence; the Heart and Vascular Institute, an extensive network of more than 300 physicians; and multiple outpatient care centers throughout the region. Affiliates of Genesis include Northside Pharmacies, Northside Oxygen & Medical Equipment Company, Genesis Community Ambulance Service, Genesis Children’s Center and more.

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