Special to The Hays Daily News

Hays Medical Center's Cardiovascular-Stroke Team has received the 2014 Leadership in Hospital Setting Award from the Kansas Healthcare Collaborative, a partnership of the Kansas Hospital Association and the Kansas Medical Society.

The awards honor patient safety champions across Kansas. Hospitals and medical professionals throughout the state are invited annually to nominate recipients.

The team was recognized for improving patient outcomes in the areas of heart attack and stroke. Through their efforts they have significantly reduced the amount of time from a patient entering Hays Medical Center with chest pain to the cardiologist opening the blocked vessel in the cardiovascular lab. They have also decreased the amount of time from presentation with stroke symptoms to receiving a clot busting drug, if indicated. Both of these achievements improve the outcome for the patient and reduce mortality.

The award was presented Oct. 17 at the sixth annual Summit on Quality meeting in Wichita.