the highest honors from the American Heart Association and American Stroke Association for care provided to stroke patients.
Hospitals are honored for providing the most up-to-date, evidence-based treatments to improve patient care and results. When a “Code Stroke” is called, the team responses rapidly to assess and treat the patient to help avoid the debilitating effects of stroke.
Providence Saint Joseph earned the AHA/ASA Get with the Guidelines’ Stroke GOLD PLUS, Stroke Honor Roll Elite Plus, Type 2 Diabetes Honor Roll and Advanced Therapy recognitions.
The Gold Plus Quality Achievement Award is given to hospitals that have experienced two or more consecutive years with a minimum 85 percent adherence with AHA/ASA achievement measures, and 75 percent on additional quality measures. This honor recognizes the hospitals’ commitment to and success in implementing a high standard of stroke care by ensuring stroke patients receive treatment that meets nationally accepted, evidence-based standards and recommendations.
The Elite Plus Honor Roll level is given to hospitals that meet door-to-needle (treatment) in 45 minutes at least 75% of the time, and 30 minutes at least 50% of the time. With stroke, time is brain, so treating patients quickly can make a critical difference.
The Advanced Therapy recognition is given to hospitals that achieve door to clot-retrieval device times within 90 minutes for direct arriving patients and within 60 minutes for transfer patients at least 50% of the time. Patients that receive a thrombectomy to remove the clot from the brain significantly improve their chances of recovery and returning to normal life.
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 survive after leaving the hospital than patients in non-participating hospitals. The awards go to hospitals that adhere to Get with the Guidelines indicators consistently and succeed in complying with recommended measures in treating stroke.