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The Gold Seal of Approval® represents a symbol of quality for each respective hospital. Both Manchester Memorial and Rockville General Hospitals underwent rigorous onsite reviews in order to meet these requirements. Joint Commission experts evaluated compliance with stroke-related standards and requirements, including program management, the delivery of clinical care and performance improvement. Stroke is the number four cause of death and a leading cause of adult disability in the United States, according to the American Heart Association/American Stroke Association. 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.
Our specialized Stroke Teams work together to diagnose and develop a plan of care to help patients who suffer strokes and treat those at risk, live longer, fuller lives. This multi-disciplinary team gets involved with the patient and their family members from their first point of contact with us.
We recognize the importance of immediate care when it comes to a stroke, because every second counts. Early treatment can make a big difference helping to limit damage to the brain and the potential for stroke complications. Residents east of the river can feel a level of comfort knowing they have this specialized care close to home.
Our accomplished stroke teams have advanced diagnostic technologies and neurologists accessible in order to begin treatment as quickly as possible for the benefit of our patients. We will continue to support our stroke program and protocols by providing the necessary resources, education, technology, and staff, to maintain a high-standard of stroke care at ECHN. ECHN is also very appreciative of the attentive paramedics and emergency service providers in the community who partner with our hospitals to ensure seamless care for our patients.
By adhering to the very specific set of treatment guidelines, ECHN’s hospitals have clearly made it a priority to deliver high-quality care to all patients affected by stroke.
ECHN’s Manchester Memorial Hospital and Rockville General Hospital have both received the American Heart Association/American Stroke Association’s Get With The Guidelines®-Stroke Gold Quality Achievement Award. This award recognizes our hospitals’ commitment and success in ensuring stroke patients receive the most appropriate treatment according to nationally recognized, research-based guidelines based on the latest scientific evidence.
To receive the Gold Quality Achievement Award, each of our hospitals achieved 85 percent or higher adherence to all Get With The Guidelines-Stroke achievement indicators for two or more consecutive 12-month periods.
These quality measures are designed to help hospital teams provide the most up-to-date, evidence-based guidelines with the goal of speeding recovery and reducing death and disability for stroke patients. They focus on appropriate use of guideline-based care for stroke patients, including aggressive use of medications such as clot-busting and anti-clotting drugs, blood thinners and cholesterol-reducing drugs, preventive action for deep vein thrombosis and smoking cessation counseling.
“A stroke patient loses 1.9 million neurons each minute stroke treatment is delayed. This recognition further demonstrates our commitment to delivering advanced stroke treatments to patients quickly and safely,” said Michael Collins, interim CEO at ECHN. “ECHN continues to strive for excellence in the acute treatment of stroke patients. The recognition from the American Heart Association/American Stroke Association’s Get With The Guidelines-Stroke further reinforces our team’s hard work.”
“The American Heart Association and American Stroke Association recognize ECHN for its commitment to stroke care,” said Paul Heidenreich, M.D., M.S., national chairman of the Get With The Guidelines Steering Committee and Professor of Medicine at Stanford University. “Research has shown there are benefits to patients who are treated at hospitals that have adopted the Get With The Guidelines program.”
Get With The Guidelines®-S puts the expertise of the American Heart Association and American Stroke Association to work for hospitals nationwide, helping hospital care teams ensure the care provided to patients is aligned with the latest research-based guidelines. Developed with the goal to save lives and improve recovery time, Get With The Guidelines®-S has impacted more than 3 million patients since 2003.
Teamwork, Respect, Communication and Caring are the core of who we are and what we do. They are essential to maintaining excellence throughout our health network and forging positive relationships with patients, employees, physicians, volunteers and the community.
As members of the ECHN team, all employees are expected to practice the Core Values every day by exhibiting key behaviors including:
You have the right to be well informed about your illness, treatments and outcomes. Don’t hesitate to discuss these matters with your physician or other health care professionals.
If you are an inpatient at one of our hospitals, we encourage you to actively participate in decisions about your treatment and ask questions or express concerns about your care. Read more about Speak Up!
Our mammography services at Manchester Memorial Hospital, Rockville General Hospital, the Women's Center for Wellness, and the Glastonbury Wellness Center all are accredited by the American College of Radiology (ACR) and are approved by the federal Food and Drug Administration (FDA) as certified mammography facilities, both of which are important measures of quality.
The laboratories at Manchester Memorial Hospital and Rockville General Hospital have earned accreditation pursuant to the Clinical Laboratory Improvement Amendments (CLIA) from the U.S. Department of Health & Human Services. Both laboratories are also accredited by the College of American Pathologists.
Our Diabetes Self-Management program has earned official recognition by the American Diabetes Association in accordance with the national standards for quality patient education.
ECHN's comprehensive cancer services, based at Manchester Memorial Hospital, have earned approval by the Commission on Cancer of the American College of Surgeons, a designation given only to those facilities that have committed to providing the best in diagnosis and treatment of cancer.
The ECHN Sleep Disorders Laboratory at Manchester Memorial Hospital has earned accreditation by the American Academy of Sleep Medicine.
The Continuing Medical Education department at ECHN has received accreditation with commendation from the Connecticut State Medical Society (CSMS). ECHN is accredited as a sponsor of Continuing Medical Education for four years effective November 18, 2014.