Baptist Health Paducah stroke program earns national award
Stroke care at Baptist Health Paducah has received a national quality award from the American Heart Association/American Stroke Association for the third consecutive year. The Get With the Guidelines®–Stroke Gold Plus Quality Achievement Award recognizes the hospital’s commitment and success in meeting national guidelines for stroke care.
Baptist Health Paducah, the only certified primary stroke center in Kentucky west of Owensboro, received the Silver and Bronze Quality Awards the previous two years. The hospital received the Get With the Guidelines-Stroke Gold Plus award after meeting national care standards in at least 85 percent of patients for 24 consecutive months, as outlined by the American Heart Association/American Stroke Association.
“This award recognizes hospitals that treat stroke patients with the latest evidence-based medicine on a consistent basis,” said neurologist Joseph Ashburn, MD, stroke services director. “Each patient that enters our doors is offered the same state-of-the art care. The Gold Plus Award goes beyond this, saying we are exceeding this expectation at Baptist Health Paducah. While meeting the minimum requirements for a stroke center is considered acceptable, we at Baptist Health believe the people of our region deserve nothing less than the very best medicine has to offer.”
Stroke is one of the nation’s leading causes of death and serious, long-term disability. On average, someone suffers a stroke every 40 seconds and someone dies of a stroke every four minutes.
Mary Legge, RN, stroke team leader at Baptist Health Paducah, said the award is a result of a team effort.
“The care our patients receive is our No. 1 priority,” Legge said. “That’s why we’re proud to be among the hospitals recognized by this program. Our interdisciplinary team, comprised of physicians, stroke-trained nurses, rehab and ancillary staff, are committed to turning guidelines into lifelines for our patients.”
The team works to promote early recognition and treatment of stroke, as well as offering a continuum of care, including the Baptist Health Paducah Stroke Support Group. It meets from 3 to 4:30 p.m. the first Monday of each month in the Baptist Heart Center conference room. The group provides support for stroke survivors and their caregivers, family and friends. Phone 270.575.2880 to register.
For anyone with questions on stroke or heart attack symptoms, Baptist Health Paducah nurses answer the free 24-hour Chest Pain & Stroke Hotline at 1-800-575-1911.