Left to right: Karen Lee, CNO, Kay Brown-American Heart Association, Stephanie Reich, RN Stroke Coordinator, Todd Krass, CEO, Tina York, EMS Relations, Daren Pfeifer, EMS Relations and Jeff Taylor, VP Operations.

Belton Regional Medical Center—part of HCA Midwest Health, Kansas City’s leading healthcare provider—has joined the American Heart Association/American Stroke Association’s Get With The Guidelines®–Stroke (GWTG-Stroke). The quality improvement program was created to help hospital teams provide guideline-based care for stroke patients.  

GWTG–Stroke was originally developed from recommendations by the American Heart Association/American Stroke Association and the Brain Attack Coalition. These recommendations led to clinical guidelines for hospital teams to use with the goal of helping speed recovery and reduce death and disability for stroke patients.

As a GWTG–Stroke participating hospital, Belton Regional Medical Center is encouraged to develop a comprehensive system for providing rapid diagnosis and treatment of stroke when patients are admitted to the emergency department. This includes always being equipped to provide brain-imaging scans, making neurologists available to conduct patient evaluations and using clot-busting medications when appropriate.

Belton Regional Medical Center is also increasing its efforts to prevent secondary strokes through the aggressive use of medications such as statins and anti-platelets. Other methods include the treatment of atrial fibrillation and atherosclerosis and management of smoking cessation, weight, exercise, diabetes and cholesterol.

Through GWTG–Stroke, the American Stroke Association provides Belton Regional Medical Center training and staffing recommendations, care maps, discharge protocols, standing orders, data-collection and measurement tools. The program also facilitates creating and sharing best practices among participating hospitals.

“Belton Regional Medical Center is dedicated to helping our stroke patients have the best possible outcome and implementing the American Heart Association/American Stroke Association’s Get with the Guidelines–Stroke program will help us accomplish this by making it easier for our teams to put proven knowledge and guidelines to work on a daily basis,” says Todd Krass, Chief Executive Officer, Belton Regional Medical Center.

According to the American Heart Association/American Stroke Association, stroke is the number four cause of death and a leading cause of disability in the United States.  On average, someone suffers a stroke every 40 seconds; someone dies of a stroke every four minutes; and 795,000 people suffer a new or recurrent stroke each year.

For more information on Belton Regional Medical Center, visit beltonregionalmedicalcenter.com.