Scott & White Hospital - Round Rock recognized by American Heart Association for excellence in stroke care

ROUND ROCK, Texas – Stroke is one of the leading causes of death and 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.

Scott & White Hospital – Round Rock, a part of Baylor Scott & White Health, has just received the Get With The Guidelines®- Stroke Gold Plus Quality Achievement award from the American Heart Association, which signifies it has reached an aggressive goal using guidelines-based care to improve patient outcomes following a stroke.

The Get With The Guidelines®-Stroke Gold Plus award shows Scott & White Hospital – Round Rock’s commitment to quality and the ability to collaborate as a team to achieve and sustain 85 percent adherence or higher to seven Stroke Achievement Measures for at least 24 consecutive months..

The program provides hospitals with a web-based patient management tool, best practice discharge protocols and standing orders, along with a robust registry and real-time benchmarking capabilities to track performance. The quick and efficient use of guideline procedures can improve quality of care for stroke patients and may reduce disability and save lives.

"Scott & White Hospital – Round Rock is dedicated to making the care for our stroke patients among the best in the country. The American Heart Association’s Get With The Guidelines®–Stroke program helps us to accomplish this goal," said Jeffrey Tramonte, MD, neurologist with Scott & White Healthcare – Round Rock. "This recognition demonstrates that we are on the right track."

Following Get With The Guidelines®-Stroke treatment guidelines, patients are started on aggressive risk-reduction therapies, including the use of medications such as tPA, antithrombotics and anticoagulation therapy, along with cholesterol reducing drugs and smoking cessation counseling. These are all aimed at reducing the risk of death and disability and improving the lives of stroke patients. Hospitals must adhere to these measures at a set level for a designated period of time to be eligible for the achievement awards.

"We’re committed to helping our patients have the best possible outcome and implementing these guidelines helps us accomplish this by making it easier for our multi-disciplinary teams to put the right knowledge and guidelines to work every day," said Rob Watson, MD, chief medical officer for Scott & White – Round Rock Region. "It takes an integrated, coordinated approach to accomplish this, as well as dedicated personnel from all areas of medicine, including physicians, nurses, pharmacists, technicians, communication operators, equipment managers, educators, data analysts, as well as leaders."

Additionally, Scott & White Hospital – Round Rock was recently one of just 50 hospitals in the U.S. to receive the American Heart Association’s Mission: Lifeline® Gold Quality Achievement Award for Heart Attack Care recognizing the hospital’s dedication to, and success in, implementing the highest standard of care for heart attack patients.

About Baylor Scott & White Health
Baylor Scott & White Health is a not-for-profit health care system with total assets of $8.3 billion* and the vision and resources to offer its patients continued quality care while creating a model system for a dramatically changing health care environment. The new system includes 43 hospitals, more than 500 patient care sites, more than 6,000 active physicians, 34,000 employees and the Scott & White Health Plan.For More Information visit:

* based on unaudited fiscal year 2013 financial statements

The leadership of Baylor Scott & White Health today unveiled the new mark for their organization.  It can be viewed online at:

Scott & White, A World of Healing

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Katherine Voss

December 9, 2013

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