Aurora BayCare Medical Center receives three quality achievement awards for heart and stroke care

April 15, 2013

Green Bay, WI - Aurora BayCare Medical Center has received three Get With The Guidelines® Awards from the American Heart Association / American Stroke Association, recognizing commitment and success in implementing a higher standard of care.

The three awards include:

  • Get With The Guidelines® - Stroke Gold Plus Quality Achievement Award, recognizing commitment and success in implementing a higher standard of care by ensuring stroke patients receive treatment according to nationally accepted guidelines.
  • Target: Stroke Honor Roll, for improving stroke care.
  • Get With The Guidelines®–Heart Failure Silver Quality Achievement Award, recognizing an aggressive goal of treating heart failure patients according to the guidelines of care recommended by the American Heart Association/American College of Cardiology.

“Aurora BayCare is dedicated to making our care for stroke and cardiac patients among the best in the country,” said Sarah Fenton, MD, FACC, interventional cardiologist with Aurora BayCare Medical Center. “The American Heart Association/American Stroke Association’s Get With The Guidelines–Stroke and Heart Failure programs help us to accomplish this goal. This recognition demonstrates that we are on the right track and we’re very proud of our team.”

According to the American Heart Association/American Stroke Association, stroke is one of the leading causes of death and serious, long-term 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.

About 5.7 million people suffer from heart failure, according to the American Heart Association. Statistics also show that, each year, 670,000 new cases are diagnosed and more than 277,000 people will die of heart failure. However, many heart failure patients can lead a full, enjoyable life when their condition is managed with proper medications and devices and with healthy lifestyle changes.

Aurora BayCare Medical Center is a 167-bed, full-service tertiary care hospital located at 2845 Greenbrier Road on Green Bay’s east side. It opened in September 2001 as a joint venture of Aurora Health Care and BayCare Clinic. Aurora BayCare is committed to creating a better way to provide high quality tertiary healthcare, the latest in medical technology and superior service.

Aurora Health Care is a not-for-profit Wisconsin health care provider and a nationally recognized leader in efforts to improve the quality of health care. Aurora offers services at sites in more than 90 communities throughout eastern Wisconsin and northern Illinois.

BayCare Clinic is the largest physician-owned specialty-care clinic in Northeast Wisconsin and the Upper Peninsula of Michigan. It is comprised of over 100 specialty physicians with expertise in more than 20 specialties. BayCare Clinic physicians have served patients in Green Bay and the surrounding region for more than 30 years.

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.

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