Quality

Stroke and Cerebrovascular Quality Metrics

Our stroke volume and outcomes data is publicly reported according to Comprehensive Stroke Center requirements.

Stroke Volumes

Grady has one of the highest stroke and treatment volumes in the country, treating more than 2200 patients in 2018.

Nationally Recognized Stroke Care

In 2011, The Joint Commission designated Grady Health System’s Marcus Stroke and Neuroscience Center as an Advanced Comprehensive Stroke Center, the highest designation available.

In 2018, Grady achieved the highest recognition for quality and speed, the American Heart Association/American Stroke Association, Get With The Guidelines® ‒ Stroke Gold Plus, Target Stroke Honor Roll Elite Plus. This award recognizes facilities that maintain an 85% or higher performance rate for quality indicators (measures used to gauge stroke care performance) for two or more years, and achieve arrival to Activase administration times of less than 60 minutes in 75% and within 45 minutes in 50% of applicable acute ischemic stroke patients.

Stroke Treatment Rates

In 2018, Grady administered the clot-busting drug Activase in 21% of stroke cases — nearly one and a half times the national average. Our team also performed endovascular treatment (clot retrieval) in 31% of stroke cases — over five times the national average. Stroke patients are more than two times more likely to receive lifesaving intervention at Grady compared to other hospitals in the United States.

Ischemic Stroke Treatment Volumes

This shows the number of patients who received the clot-busting drug Activase IV and/or had endovascular clot retrieval at Grady or Activase IV at an outside hospital before being transferred to Grady for a higher level of care.

Ischemic Stroke Reperfusion

Reperfusion means restoring circulation to a part of the brain that was blocked by a blood clot in the artery. Grady stroke experts opened blocked arteries using endovascular thrombectomy 95.6% of the time! That is 10% higher than the average regional or national rates.

 

Nonsurgical Complication Rates

Grady not only treats more strokes, but our patients experience fewer complications — less than half as often as the regional or national averages.

 

Source: American Heart Association /American Stroke Association Get with the Guidelines data, January 2015-December 2018