McLaren Flint Nationally Recognized for its Commitment to Providing High-Quality Stroke Care


The American Heart Association presents Get With The Guidelines – Stroke GoldPlus award for  proven dedication to ensuring all stroke patients have access to best practices and life-saving care

For a fourth consecutive year, McLaren Flint has received the American Heart  Association’s Get With The Guidelines® – Stroke GoldPlus quality achievement award for its commitment to ensuring stroke patients receive the most appropriate treatment according to  nationally recognized, research-based guidelines, ultimately leading to more lives saved and  reduced disability.

Stroke is the No. 5 cause of death and a leading cause of disability in the U.S. A stroke occurs  when a blood vessel that carries oxygen and nutrients to the brain is either blocked by a clot or  bursts. When that happens, part of the brain cannot get the blood and oxygen it needs, so brain  cells die. Early stroke detection and treatment are key to improving survival, minimizing disability  and accelerating recovery times.

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 research- and evidence-based guidelines. Get With The Guidelines – Stroke is an in-hospital  program for improving stroke care by promoting consistent adherence to these guidelines, which  can minimize the long-term effects of a stroke and even prevent death.

“As the region’s first Comprehensive Stroke Center, and a hub for advanced stroke treatment for  the McLaren Stroke Network, McLaren Flint is committed to continuing its dedication to improving  outcomes for stroke patients,” said Chris Candela, President and CEO of McLaren Flint. “Get With  The Guidelines makes it easier for our teams to put proven knowledge and guidelines to work on a  daily basis, which studies show can help patients recover better. The end goal is to ensure more  people in Genesee County and beyond, can experience longer, healthier lives.”

Each year, program participants qualify for the award by demonstrating how their organization has  committed to providing quality care for stroke patients. In addition to following treatment guidelines,  Get With The Guidelines participants also educate patients to help them manage their health and  recovery at home.

“We are incredibly pleased to recognize McLaren Flint for its commitment to caring for patients with  stroke,” said Steven Messe, MD, volunteer chairperson of the American Heart Association Stroke  System of Care Advisory Group and professor of neurology and director of fellowships of  neurology at the Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania. “Participation in Get With The  Guidelines is associated with improved patient outcomes, fewer readmissions and lower mortality  rates – a win for health care systems, families and communities.”

McLaren Flint also received the American Heart Association’s Target: StrokeSM Honor Roll Elite  Plus award. 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.

In addition, McLaren Flint received the American Heart Association’s Target: StrokeSM Honor Roll  Advanced Therapy award by meeting specific criteria that reduce the time between an eligible  patient’s arrival at the hospital and treatment to remove the clot causing the stroke.

McLaren Flint also received the American Heart Association’s Target: Type 2 Diabetes Honor Roll  award which 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.

McLaren Flint also met specific scientific guidelines as a Comprehensive Stroke Center, featuring  a comprehensive system for rapid diagnosis and treatment of stroke patients admitted to the emergency department.


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