Commitment to quality improvement ensures stroke patients receive better care

MelroseWakefield Hospital received the Defect-free Care Award from the Paul Coverdell National Acute Stroke Program at the Massachusetts Department of Public Health (DPH). Defect-free care is achieved when a patient receives the appropriate care based on clinical guidelines.

The Coverdell Defect-free Care Award recognizes hospitals that, from the period of January 2018 to December 2018, provided defect-free care to 90 percent or more of their stroke patients by utilizing all of the interventions for which each patient was eligible. The number of Coverdell hospitals providing defect-free care to the majority of their patients has increased significantly over the last 6 years, resulting in many more patients receiving high-quality care.

“MelroseWakefield Hospital is proud that our hard work and passion for providing great care was recognized by this prestigious award from the DPH’s Paul Coverdell Acute Stroke Program,” said Anthony J. Alley, MSN, RN, NE-BC, associate chief nursing officer, clinical operations, quality and patient safety. “We strive to provide exceptional care to all of our patients.”

Stroke is the fifth-leading cause of death in the Commonwealth, and a leading cause of adult disability. Immediate assessment and treatment is critical to help improve outcomes.

For more information the Massachusetts Paul Coverdell National Acute Stroke Program, or about FAST and the DPH stroke awareness campaign, here:  www.mass.gov/dph/heartstroke.