Cape Hospitals Honored Nationally for Stroke Care

(Falmouth, September 29, 2011)Cape Cod Healthcare is pleased to announce that Falmouth Hospital and Cape Cod Hospital have each been recognized for their excellent stroke care. Falmouth Hospital received the American Stroke Association’s “Get With the Guidelines” Gold Plus Performance Achievement Award and Cape Cod Hospital received the Silver Plus Performance Achievement Award for their strict adherence to practices that best treat and prevent this potentially fatal condition. 

“We are pleased that our two hospitals have been recognized for the exceptional care they provide to stroke patients,” said Michael Lauf, President and CEO of Cape Cod Healthcare. “Preventing or minimizing the effects of this devastating condition is a top priority of our health care system, and we are gratified that the care given by our teams of physicians, nurses, and ancillary staff has been acknowledged by the American Stroke Association.” 

The award acknowledges the hospitals for maintaining at least 75 percent compliance on certain stroke treatment measures, such as aggressive and appropriate use of medications like the clot-busting drug, tPA, antithrombotics and anticoalgulation therapy, as well as DVT prophylaxis, cholesterol-reducing drugs and educational efforts. 

The Gold Plus Award is given to hospitals that achieve the 75 percent or greater compliance over 24 consecutive months. The Silver Plus Award is given for compliance over 12 consecutive months. 

GWTG–Strokeuses the “teachable moment,” the time soon after a patient has had a stroke, when they are most likely to listen to and follow their health care professional’s guidance. Studies demonstrate that patients who are taught how to manage their risk factors while still in the hospital reduce their risk of a second stroke. ThroughGWTG–Stroke, customized patient education materials are made available at the point of discharge, based on patients’ individual risk profiles. According to the American Stroke Association, each year approximately 700,000 people suffer a stroke — 500,000 are first attacks and 200,000 are recurrent attacks.  

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Cape Cod Healthcare is the leading provider of healthcare services for residents and visitors of Cape Cod. With more than 450 physicians, 4,500 employees and 1,100 volunteers, Cape Cod Healthcare has two-acute care hospitals, the largest home health services agency on the Cape (VNA), a skilled nursing and rehabilitation facility, an assisted living facility and numerous health programs. For more information, visit Cape Cod Healthcare’s web site at

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