4.0 Alumna Looks to Data to Enhance Care for Stroke Patients Significantly

Susan Hirth

Susan Hirth, BSN, RN
(BSN '16)

As a quality improvement manager at Eastern Connecticut Health Network (ECHN), Susan Hirth is constantly looking for ways to improve critical care areas, as her background is in critical care nursing. ECHN is made of two small community hospitals, and Susan is a member of the Core Stroke Team for both hospitals. She recently worked on an initiative to improve the care of stroke patients through data collection and analysis. Because of the care improvement, Susan and her team earned Joint Commission Advanced Certification as a Primary Stroke Center in June 2016, and also received the Stroke Gold Award from Get With the Guidelines – an in-hospital program for improving stroke care by promoting consistent adherence to the latest scientific treatment guidelines. Susan continues to act as a voice for patients, participating in stroke patient case reviews monthly and collecting data for inpatient hospital quality improvement stroke measures to enhance ECHN’s processes and provide the best care possible.


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