Lakeview Regional Medical Center, a campus of Tulane Medical Center, has been recognized by the American Heart Association and American Stroke Association with its achievement awards. The hospital received the Get With The Guidelines® — Stroke GOLD PLUS with Honor Roll and Target: Type 2 Diabetes Honor Roll. The awards recognize a hospital’s commitment to ensuring stroke patients receive the most evidence-based treatment guidelines to improve patient care and outcomes in the community it serves. This recognition marks the sixth consecutive year Lakeview Regional has received these awards.

“It is an honor to achieve these awards during such a trying year in healthcare,” said Hiral Patel, Lakeview Regional CEO. “Our commitment to our patients is unwavering, and the tools and resources provided by the Get With The Guidelines program help us to monitor and measure our successes.”

Lakeview Regional earned the award by meeting specific quality achievement measures for the diagnosis and treatment of stroke patients at a set level for a designated period. These measures include evaluation of the proper use of medications and other stroke treatments aligned with the most up-to-date, evidence-based guidelines to speed recovery and reduce death and disability for stroke patients. Before discharge, patients also receive education on managing their health, get a follow-up visit scheduled, as well as other care transition interventions. The Target: Type 2 DiabetesSM honor roll is awarded to hospitals that ensure patients with type 2 diabetes receive the most up-to-date, evidence-based care when hospitalized with CVD or Stroke. Only hospitals that qualify for the silver level or higher can achieve this award.

The CDC reports that the leading cause of death in Louisiana is heart disease, with stroke as the fourth leading cause, followed by diabetes as the seventh. According to the American Heart Association/American Stroke Association, nearly half of all U.S. adults have some type of cardiovascular disease. This percentage reflects recently updated guidelines used to treat blood pressure; high blood pressure can lead to heart attack, heart failure, and stroke. Get With The Guidelines-Stroke program helps hospital teams provide the latest, research-based guidelines with the goal of saving lives and hastening recovery. Get With The Guidelines® — Stroke has impacted more than 5 million patients nationwide since 2003.