Monday, July 22, 2024

Ochsner LSU Health Shreveport first hospital in the area to receive Gold level stroke award, designation

by BIZ. Staff

Ochsner LSU Health Shreveport, the first Joint Commission Certified Thrombectomy-Capable Stroke Center in Shreveport, La., was awarded the Gold Plus Achievement Award and Target Stroke Honor Roll Elite Plus Award by the American Heart Association.

The Gold Plus Award is part of the Get With The Guidelines–Stroke program developed by the American Heart Association/American Stroke Association to help healthcare professionals align stroke care with the most up-to-date scientific treatment guidelines. Stroke treatment guidelines include aggressive therapies and medications that can help improve patient care and outcomes. Hospitals must follow these measures at a set level for a designated period of time to be eligible for achievement awards.

Ochsner LSU Health Shreveport was recognized as Target: StrokeSM Honor Roll Elite Plus, the program’s highest designation level, for achieving aggressive goals associated with restoring blood flow to the brain within 60 minutes of arriving at the hospital — timing that is considered critical to limiting stroke damage.

“This Award certifies and validates the strong, diligent efforts of Ochsner LSU Health Shreveport STROKE Team to deliver time-sensitive, progressive, cutting-edge, nationally-recognized standard of Stroke care directly to our Communities in Shreveport/Bossier area, North Louisiana, and Ark-LA-Tex regions,” shared Dr. Oleg Y. Chernyshev, MD, PhD, the Director of Ochsner LSU Health Shreveport Stroke Program.

“Everyone at Ochsner LSU Health Shreveport works hard to provide the best patient care to our community, it is a great achievement for the stroke team to be recognized with this award demonstrating our commitment, not only to bring the best and more current treatment options for stroke, but to delivering patient care at the highest level of quality. As the only Thrombectomy capable Stroke center in North La., and having been the first one in the state, we are committed to our mission of continually improving outcomes and reducing disability of our stroke patients,” Dr. Hugo Cuellar, Associate Professor of Neurosurgery, Neurology and Radiology Director of Neurointerventional Surgery and Neuroimaging, Co-Director Stroke Center at Ochsner LSU Health Shreveport.

“These designations are a testament to our stroke care team, who make it possible to provide the community with 24/7 state-of-the-art stroke care along with the area’s only Neuro ICU. The measures associated with these goals have a direct impact on patient outcomes. With nearly 800,000 people suffering from a stroke in our nation every year, we are committed to continuing this high-level of stroke care for the many people it affects in our area,” says Chuck Daigle, CEO, Ochsner LSU Health Shreveport. 

The American Heart Association/American Stroke Association, the world’s leading voluntary organization dedicated to building healthier lives, free of cardiovascular diseases and stroke, believes everyone who has heart disease or a stroke should receive treatment at a hospital with the resources to correctly and consistently make time-critical decisions. This recognition demonstrates Ochsner LSU Health Shreveport’s high commitment to following the guidelines and improving patient outcomes.

American Heart Association/American Stroke Association Get With The Guidelines offers a suite of hospital-based quality programs addressing a spectrum of cardiovascular conditions and stroke. Numerous published scientific studies demonstrate that adherence to Get With The Guidelines quality measures can lead to better patient outcomes, including increased survival.

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