Beth Israel Deaconess Hospital–Milton Is Nationally Recognized for Its Commitment To Providing High-Quality Stroke Care

August 16, 2023

The American Heart Association Presents the Get With The Guidelines Awards for Proven Dedication to Best Practices and Life-Saving Care

Milton, MA – Beth Israel Deaconess Hospital–Milton (BID Milton) has received three American Heart Association Get With the Guidelines achievement awards for demonstrating commitment to following up-to-date, research-based guidelines for the treatment of stroke, ultimately leading to more lives saved, shorter recovery times and fewer readmissions to the hospital.

Every 40 seconds, someone in the United States has a stroke or heart attack, and heart disease and stroke are the No. 1 and No. 5 causes of death in the United States, respectively. Studies show patients can recover better when providers consistently follow treatment guidelines.

Get With The Guidelines put the expertise of the American Heart Association and American Stroke Association to work for hospitals nationwide, helping ensure patient care is aligned with the latest evidence- and research-based guidelines. As a participant in Get With The Guidelines programs, BID Milton qualified for the award by demonstrating how their organization has committed to improving quality care.

"We appreciate this recognition from the American Heart Association," said Rich Fernandez, president of BID Milton. "Delivering exceptional care to patients and their families is our mission, and we're proud of our staff for going the extra mile to continuously achieve this."

This year, BID Milton received these achievement awards:

  • Get With The Guidelines -Stroke Gold Plus: Hospitals receiving Get With The Guidelines Gold Plus Achievement Award have reached an aggressive goal of treating patients to core standard levels of care as outlined by the American Heart Association/American Stroke Association for 2 consecutive calendar years or more. In addition, those hospitals have demonstrated compliance to an additional level of quality during the 24-month or greater period.
  • Target: Stroke Elite Award: BID Milton received the American Heart Association's Target: Stroke Elite award. To qualify for this recognition, hospitals must meet specific criteria that reduce the time between an eligible patient's arrival at the hospital and treatment with the clot-buster alteplase.
  • Target: Type 2 Diabetes: BID Milton received the American Heart Association's Target: Type 2 Diabetes award. Target: Type 2 Diabetes aims to ensure patients with Type 2 diabetes, who might be at higher risk for complications, receive the most up-to-date, evidence-based care when hospitalized due to stroke.

"We are pleased to recognize Beth Israel Deaconess Hospital–Milton for its commitment to caring for those in their community who need cardiovascular care," said John Warner, MD, FAHA, past president of the American Heart Association and CEO of The Ohio State University Wexner Medical Center. "Hospitals that follow the American Heart Association's quality improvement protocols often see improved patient outcomes, fewer readmissions and lower mortality rates — a win for health care systems, families and communities."

About Beth Israel Deaconess Hospital–Milton

Beth Israel Deaconess Hospital–Milton (BID Milton) is a member of Beth Israel Lahey Health, a health care system that brings together academic medical centers and teaching hospitals, community and specialty hospitals. More than 4,700 physicians and 39,000 employees share in a mission to expand access to great care and advance the science and practice of medicine through groundbreaking research and education.

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