US News & World Report ranks GRMC as a top performing hospital for stroke care | news

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DEDEDO, Guam (press release) — Guam Regional Medical City or GRMC recently received certification as an Advanced Primary Stroke Center from the Joint Commission. The good news doesn’t end there, however, as the GRMC was selected as one of the nation’s “Top Performing” hospitals for stroke care by US News and World Report as part of the US News and World Report 2022-2023 Best Hospitals Procedures and Conditions ratings.

According to its website, “US News Best Hospitals ranks hospitals across the United States in 15 adult specialties, as well as recognized hospitals by state, metropolitan and regional area, for their work in 20 more commonly performed procedures and conditions.” One of those conditions is stroke, and GRMC is listed under ranked in the top category, High Performing, out of more than 4,400 hospitals across the country that were evaluated. Hospitals that treat enough patients to be rated are rated in one of three ways for each procedure or condition: performing, average, or below average.

US News Best Hospitals states that “Data sources for the assessments include Medicare administration entitlements, Medicare Care Compare, the American Hospital Association annual survey, publicly available data from clinical registries, and external designations. The ratings reflect the care of patients 65 years and older as they tend to have a higher incidence and severity of comorbidities on admission and diseases that are more advanced than those of younger patients. The ratings use evaluation criteria that reflect a relationship between a hospital’s program structure, operations, and patient outcomes.”

“The success of GRMC’s stroke program is based on two main aspects of care, including 1) the emergency aspect and 2) the multidisciplinary aspect,” said Elisabeth Collins, DNP, APRN-NP, Stroke Program Coordinator. “The emergency aspect, commonly referred to as ‘code stroke’, involves immediate medical interventions such as thrombolytics and/or surgical interventions such as thrombectomy or neurosurgery. The multidisciplinary aspect is the care after the patient is stabilized and includes diverse care teams including Nursing, Emergency Room, Radiology, Laboratory, Pharmacy, Neuroscience, Operating Room (especially the cath lab), Speech Therapy, Nutrition, Social Work and Patient Education to name a few.” added Collins.

dr Justin Hale, neurologist and sleep specialist and medical director of GRMC’s stroke program, stated, “A large part of the reason GRMC received prestigious awards from The Joint Commission and US News and World Report is our commitment to quality improvement and management processes, to track care data and report it to national databases, and to continually assess patient outcomes to ensure the best possible care is provided at our hospital.”

“I am overwhelmed with pride,” said Alan Funtanilla, President and CEO. “I couldn’t be prouder of our entire hospital team and the quality of care we provide, which are the ultimate reasons for these outstanding awards from The Joint Commission and US News and World Report.”

For more information on the US News and World Report 2022-2023 Best Hospitals Procedures and Conditions Ratings for Stroke, visit https://health.usnews.com/best-hospitals/hospital-ratings/stroke/.

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