UNC, Rex stroke teams recognized for excellence

In late April, the North Carolina Stroke Care Collaborative (NCSCC) recognized the stroke care teams at both UNC Medical Center and Rex Healthcare with its Diamond Award.

UNC, Rex stroke teams recognized for excellence click to enlarge (L to R): Laurie Mettam, NCSCC; David Huang, MD, UNC Stroke Center; Nicole Burnett, UNC Stroke Center; Wayne Rosamond, NCSCC; Susan Wilson, UNC Stroke Center and Sherene Bitar, UNC Stroke Center
UNC, Rex stroke teams recognized for excellence click to enlarge Tammy Ragland, Rex Stroke Program Patient Care Tech and Eileen Blaha, Rex Stroke Program Coordinator

The NCSCC, a quality of care improvement program, began in 2002 and is led by Wayne Rosamond, PhD, principal investigator of the program.   Currently, 54 hospitals across the NC participate. Approximately 80 percent of the North Carolina population lives in a county with an active NCSCC quality improvement program.  The NCSCC has recently expanded to include the capacity to link to electronic EMS data with hospitalization data. Most recently, the NCSCC is expanding to include post-discharge care.

The award is presented to NCSCC participating hospitals that achieve the highest marks on a number of criteria including “defect free care,” consistent data entry and participation in quality improvement workshops. The criteria for quality stroke care are based on national performance measures.

Rex Healthcare, a NCSCC member since 2006, was recognized for “consistently achieving high levels of quality stroke care.” Eileen Blaha, RN, Rex’s Stroke Program Coordinator was specifically recognized for her work with other stroke program coordinators across North Carolina to share best practices in the hope of increasing the quality of stroke care across the entire state.

The UNC Comprehensive Stroke Center was recognized by the NCSCC as an “outstanding leader in quality stroke care in North Carolina.” The UNC stroke team has been awarded funds for projects such as CAST – Carolina Acute Stroke Training – a free online training program designed by Susan Wilson, NP, to increase health care workers’ knowledge of stroke care. Due to the overall success of the project, NCSCC has provided additional funds to expand the training modules. CAST has been accessed by more than 3,500 medical professionals from 31 states. Finally, Nicole Burnett, RN, Stroke Program Coordinator, and the entire UNC stroke team were praised for their work mentoring new stroke coordinators and contributing to the overall stroke awareness and knowledge of medical professionals across North Carolina.