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How Nurses Contribute to Renown Regional’s Award-Winning Heart and Stroke Programs

Nurses from the Neurosciences Unity, Telemetry and the Institute for Heart and Vascular Health attended the presentation of the Get with the Guidelines awards from the American Heart and Stroke Association.


Renown Regional Medical Center has been honored by the American Heart and Stroke Association once again for high quality heart and stroke care.

In stroke care, Renown Regional was recently awarded The Get with the Guidelines – Stroke Gold Plus with Target Stroke Elite Award. And in heart care, Renown was awarded The Get with the Guidelines – Heart Failure Gold Achievement for continually treating heart patients using the highest standards of care.

Meet some of the nurses whose great work contributed to Renown Regional’s quality care achievements in the treatment of heart and stroke patients.​

Sarah Pipitone, Nurse Navigator in the Institute for Heart and Vascular Health, spends the majority of her time caring for patients with heart failure, which she says is challenging, but rewarding.

“It’s so rewarding for me when I am sitting with a patient and I see their eyes light up when they grasp a concept such as how a certain medication stalls the decline in cardiac function, when a patient smiles and thanks me because their new learning on how to manage their symptoms makes them feel as if they have some control over their lives again.

“We wouldn’t have sustained our measures of achievement for as long as we have to qualify for the Gold level of recognition without the support of so many others and a strong culture of quality.”

Becca Cornell, RN, Neuroscience Unit, works caring for patients who have suffered a stroke.

“My work involves a lot of evidence-based practice like making sure a patient receives aspirin within that specific timeframe or getting neuro patient assessments. It also includes coordinating with the therapy teams to make sure patients receive all the care that they need.

“I really enjoy the patients themselves – we have longer-term patients, and it’s nice to see their progression from when they first had a stroke to when they get to leave.”

Renown’s Heart and Stroke care programs earn the Get With the Guidelines Awards year after year in part due to the quality care provided by nurses.

“Nursing carries the primary role in regards to this award,” says Sadie Wangler, Stroke Program Manager. “They are the front line who provide the standardized care to our patients which is guided by the AHA/ASA clinical practice guidelines in conjunction with the Joint Commission core measures… Nursing – from nurse quality coordinators to bedside nurses – ensure that our measures are met on every patient every time. Without nurses, our programs would not exist.”