Fort Smith Awarded for Quality Stroke Care

June 12, 2018

FORT SMITH, Ark. – Mercy Hospital Fort Smith was recognized recently in Little Rock for its performance in stroke care by the Arkansas Department of Health and the American Heart Association/American Stroke Association.

Mercy Fort Smith was one of 15 hospitals in the state to be recognized with the Defect-Free Care Award by the state. The award is presented to facilities that adhere to a performance of 90 percent or higher on the seven Get With the Guidelines (GWTG) consensus measures. The hospital has achieved this award annually since 2014.

Mercy Fort Smith also received the Bronze Award from the American Heart/Stroke Association for the first time. The award is achieved by maintaining adherence to 85 percent or greater on the seven GWTG performance measures for at least 90 consecutive days.

“Stroke can be a devastating condition, so it’s critical that patients receive the right care at the right time,” said Nicole Harp, RN, SCRN, stroke program coordinator for the hospital. “These awards showcase the excellent care that our nurses and physicians provide to stroke patients on a daily basis.”

The Arkansas Department of Health award is based on hospital performance as documented in the Arkansas Stroke Registry between July 2016 and June 2017. It's given to hospitals for providing defect-free stroke care, which is based on the seven achievement measures of the GWTG Patient Management Tool. These measures are benchmarked according to the standards of evidence-based stroke care guidelines to ensure stroke patients receive appropriate and timely care.

The Arkansas Stroke Registry is the state's stroke surveillance and quality improvement program. Registry oversight is provided by the Acute Stroke Care Task Force. The registry partners closely with heart and stroke associations, emergency medical services, the task force, Arkansas Stroke Assistance through Virtual Emergency Support (AR SAVES) and the Mercy Telestroke system. The primary goal of the registry is to perform stroke surveillance, monitor stroke care performance, and provide stroke education and quality improvement assistance to improve stroke patient care and outcomes.

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