CFMCH Recognized for Higher Standard of Care for Stroke and CAD 
Cypress Fairbanks Medical Center Hospital 
Thursday, 26 March 2009 
 
 
 
Cypress Fairbanks Medical Center Hospital recently received the American Heart Association’s Get With The GuidelinesCoronary Artery Disease (GWTGCAD) Silver Performance Achievement Award and the American Stroke Association’s Get With The GuidelinesSM–Stroke (GWTG–Stroke) Bronze Performance Achievement Award. The awards recognize Cypress Fairbanks Medical Center Hospital’s commitment and success in implementing a higher standard of care that effectively improves treatment of patients hospitalized with coronary artery disease and stroke. This higher standard of care helps ensure that patients receive treatment according to nationally accepted standards and recommendations.

 

Under GWTGCAD, patients are started on aggressive risk reduction therapies such as cholesterol-lowering drugs, aspirin, ACE inhibitors and beta-blockers in the hospital and receive smoking cessation and weight management counseling as well as referrals for cardiac rehabilitation before they are discharged. Hospitals that receive the GWTG-CAD Silver Performance Achievement Award have demonstrated for at least one year that 85 percent of its coronary patients (without contraindications) are discharged following the American Heart Association’s recommended treatment guidelines. 

“The American Heart Association applauds Cypress Fairbanks Medical Center Hospital for its success in implementing the appropriate evidence-based care and protocols to reduce the number of recurrent events and deaths in cardiovascular disease patients,” said Gregg C. Fonarow, M.D., National Chairman of the Get With The Guidelines Steering Committee and Director of Ahmanson-UCLA Cardiomyopathy Center. “They have achieved a high level of performance in terms of implementing these life-prolonging treatments.”

“Cypress Fairbanks Medical Center Hospital is dedicated to making our cardiovascular program among the best in the country, and the American Heart Association’s Get With The Guidelines program is helping us accomplish that by making it easier for our professionals to improve the long-term outcomes of our cardiac patients,” said Marti McAnulty, MSN, RN, Director of Clinical Quality Improvement at Cypress Fairbanks Medical Center Hospital. “We are pleased to be recognized for our dedication and achievements in cardiac care.”

To receive the GWTG–Stroke Bronze Performance Achievement Award, Cypress Fairbanks Medical Center Hospital consistently followed the treatment guidelines in the GWTG–Stroke program throughout a 90 day evaluation period. These include use of medications like tissue plasminogen activator (tPA), antithrombotics, anticoagulation therapy, DVT prophylaxis, cholesterol reducing drugs, and smoking cessation. The evaluation period is the first in an ongoing self-evaluation by the hospital to continually reach the 85 percent compliance level needed to sustain this award.

“With a stroke, time lost is brain lost, and the GWTG–Stroke Bronze Performance Achievement Award addresses the importance of time in diagnosis and treatment,” said Cindy Hudgens, RN, BSN, cardiovascular and stroke program coordinator at Cypress Fairbanks Medical Center Hospital. The hospital has developed a comprehensive system for rapid diagnosis and treatment of stroke patients admitted to the emergency department. This includes always being equipped to provide advanced brain imaging scans, having neurologists available to conduct patient evaluations and using clot-busting medications when appropriate.

“The American Stroke Association commends Cypress Fairbanks Medical Center Hospital for its success in implementing standards of care and protocols,” said Lee H. Schwamm, M.D., national Get With The Guidelines Steering Committee Member and director of the acute stroke services at Massachusetts General Hospital in Boston. “The full implementation of acute care and secondary prevention recommendations and guidelines is a critical step in saving the lives and improving outcomes of stroke patients.”

“The time is right for Cypress Fairbanks Medical Center Hospital to be focused on improving the quality of stroke care by implementing GWTG–Stroke. The number of acute ischemic stroke patients eligible for treatment is expected to grow over the next decade due to increasing stroke incidence and a large aging population,” said Hudgens.  

The American Heart Association and American Stroke Association’s GWTG programs are being implemented in hospitals around the country. To learn more about Cypress Fairbanks Medical Center Hospital’s cardiovascular and stroke services, call 800-681-2733 or visit www.CyFairHospital.com.