Providence Cedars-Sinai Tarzana Medical Center has been recognized for its commitment to ensuring stroke patients receive the most advanced, high-quality treatment by meeting guidelines recommended by the American Heart Association and American Stroke Association.
Providence Cedars-Sinai earned the Stroke Gold Plus Quality Achievement Award and was named to the AHA/ASA’s Stroke Honor Roll. In Los Angeles County, stroke patients are evaluated by paramedics who bypass hospitals that are not designated as stroke centers to ensure the quickest, most effective care.
“Providence hospitals work as a coordinated stroke network across Southern California to drive the highest quality of care with the latest techniques in treating patients who have suffered stroke,” said Patrice Hallak, executive director orthopedics and neuroscience for Providence Southern California. “The results are outstanding outcomes for many patients who in years past may have suffered permanent disability or even death, and today walk out of the hospital within days.”
Stroke is the fifth cause of death and a leading cause of disability in the U.S. Early stroke detection and treatment are key to improving survival, minimizing disability and accelerating recovery times.
A Heart Association study shows stroke patients treated at hospitals participating in the national Get With The Guidelines – Stroke program were more likely to be discharged and less likely to die after leaving the hospital than patients in non-participating hospitals.
Hallak noted that Providence has earned a reputation for its top-quality designated comprehensive and primary stroke centers across Los Angeles and Orange counties. Specialists throughout the organization share expertise through a Neuroscience Clinical Institute to ensure consistent, high-level care to continually improve outcomes and prevent disability.
“The Stroke Gold Award is the result of the dedication and hard work put in by our nursing, provider, radiology and laboratory staff to provide the highest quality stroke care to the community we serve,” said Providence Cedars-Sinai Tarzana Medical Center Stroke Program Coordinator Jerica Ladin, BSN, RN, SCRN. “I am incredibly honored and proud to be working with a team who has made such great strides, and I look forward to what we will bring to the community in the future.”