Brandon Regional Hospital September 16, 2014

Brandon, FL – Brandon Regional Hospital has been recognized as a recipient of the American Heart Association/American Stroke Association’s Target: Stroke Honor Roll, for improving stroke care. This means that at least 50 percent of eligible ischemic stroke patients have received IV rt-PA(TPA or “stroke buster” medication) within 60 minutes of arriving at the hospital (known as “door-to-needle” time). Brandon Regional Hospital is one of only four hospitals in Florida to receive this prestigious distinction.

Brandon Regional Hospital also received the American Heart Association/American Stroke Association’s Gold Plus Target Stroke Award. Our mission at BRH is to “reduce death and disability caused by stroke by providing evidence based, compassionate care”. This award confirms that the hospital is striving to reach that goal.

To receive the award Brandon Regional Hospital achieved 85 percent or higher adherence to all Get With the Guidelines® Stroke Quality Achievement indicators for two or more 12 month consecutive intervals and achieved 75 percent or higher compliance with six of ten Get With the Guidelines® - Stroke Quality Measure which are reporting initiatives to measure quality of care.

“Brandon Regional Hospital’s extremely pleased to receive these two significant distinctions in the clinical field of stroke care. The ability to provide key treatments in a timely manner means a greater possibility for improved outcomes for our patients. This is certainly good news for those suffering stroke,” said Brandon Regional Hospital’s CEO Bland Eng.

“Our greatest reward is serving patients. That’s why we’re committed to turning treatment guidelines into lifelines. This is gratifying to see another indication that Brandon Regional Hospital is walking the walk toward achieving its mission, vision and values.”

Get With the Guidelines® - Stroke uses the “teachable moment,” the time soon after a patient has had a stroke, when they are most likely to listen to and follow their healthcare professional’s guidance. Studies demonstrate that patients who are taught how to manage their risk factors while still in the hospital reduce their risk of second heart attack or stroke.

According to the American Heart Association/American Stroke Association, stroke is the fourth leading cause of death in the United States and the leading cause of serious, long-term disability. On average someone suffers a stroke every 45 seconds; someone dies of a stroke every three minutes, and almost 800,000 people suffer a new or recurrent stroke each year.

About Get With The Guidelines

Get With The Guidelines® is the American Heart Association/American Stroke Association’s hospital-based quality improvement program that empowers healthcare teams to save lives and reduce healthcare costs by helping hospitals follow evidence-based guidelines and recommendations. For more information, visit heart.org/quality.