American Heart Association Award recognizes Inova Fair Oaks Hospital’s commitment to quality stroke care.

Fairfax, Va, May 29, 2018Inova Fair Oaks Hospital (IFOH) has received the American Heart Association/American Stroke Association’s Get With The Guidelines®-Stroke Gold Plus Quality Achievement Award. The award recognizes the hospital’s commitment to ensuring stroke patients receive the most appropriate treatment according to nationally recognized, research-based guidelines based on the latest scientific evidence.

Inova Fair Oaks Hospital earned the award by meeting specific quality achievement measures for the diagnosis and treatment of stroke patients at a set level for a designated period. These measures include evaluation of the proper use of medications and other stroke treatments aligned with the most up-to-date, evidence-based guidelines with the goal of speeding recovery and reducing death and disability for stroke patients. Before discharge, patients should also receive education on managing their health, get a follow-up visit scheduled, as well as other care transition interventions.

“Inova Fair Oaks Hospital is dedicated to improving the quality of care for our stroke patients by implementing the American Heart Association’s Get With The Guidelines-Stroke initiative,” said Regina Snyder BSN, RN, CNOR, SCRN, Stroke Program Coordinator at Inova Fair Oaks Hospital. “The tools and resources provided help us track and measure our success in meeting evidenced-based clinical guidelines developed to improve patient outcomes.”

Inova Fair Oaks Hospital additionally received the association’s Target: StrokeSM Honor Roll award. To qualify for this recognition, hospitals must meet quality measures developed to reduce the time between the patient’s arrival at the hospital and treatment with the clot-buster tissue plasminogen activator, or tPA, the only drug approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration to treat ischemic stroke.

“We are pleased to recognize Inova Fair Oaks Hospital for their commitment to stroke care,” said Eric E. Smith, M.D., national chairman of the Get With The Guidelines Steering Committee and an associate professor of neurology at the University of Calgary in Alberta, Canada. “Research has shown that hospitals adhering to clinical measures through the Get With The Guidelines quality improvement initiative can often see fewer readmissions and lower mortality rates.”

According to the American Heart Association/American Stroke Association, stroke is the No. 5 cause of death and a leading cause of adult disability in the United States. On average, someone in the U.S. suffers a stroke every 40 seconds and nearly 795,000 people suffer a new or recurrent stroke each year.

Media Contact: Denielle Nall, 703-391-3390

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About Inova Fair Oaks Hospital:

Inova Fair Oaks Hospital is a top-ranked 182-bed acute care community hospital serving the rapidly growing suburbs of Northern Virginia. Inova Fair Oaks Hospital is committed to providing safe care, excellent service and is continuously striving to improve each patient’s unique experience.  Inova Fair Oaks Hospital is among the first and only hospitals in the DC metro area to receive five out of five stars for quality care from the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid.  Signature service lines include spine, weight loss, joint replacement and minimally invasive surgery. State-of-the-art cancer care and maternity services are also are among their signature offerings.  Inova Fair Oaks Hospital is a fully accredited Comprehensive Center for Bariatric Surgery and a designated Center of Excellence in Minimally Invasive Gynecology.  For 2014 and again for 2017, the hospital was named one of the nation’s 100 Top Hospitals by Truven Health Analytics, IBM Watson Health. The Hospital Safety Score, by Leapfrog, is the gold standard rating for patient safety and Inova Fair Oaks Hospital is proud to have earned and A for the past several years, recognizing its strong commitment to patient safety.

About Get With The Guidelines®

Get With The Guidelines® is the American Heart Association/American Stroke Association’s hospital-based quality improvement program that provides hospitals with tools and resources to increase adherence to the latest research-based guidelines. Developed with the goal of saving lives and hastening recovery, Get With The Guidelines has touched the lives of more than 6 million patients since 2001. For more information, visit heart.org.

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