Sacred Heart Medical Center Receives AHA Quality Achievement Award

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The Spokane hospital has received the Get With The Guidelines® - Stroke Gold Plus Quality Achievement Award three years in a row

Spokane, WA—For the third year in a row, Providence Sacred Heart Medical Center & Children’s Hospital has earned the American Heart Association/American Stroke Association’s Get With The Guidelines® - Stroke Gold Plus Quality Achievement Award. It also qualified for recognition on the Target: Stroke Elite Plus Honor Roll. This award recognizes Providence Sacred Heart Medical Center & Children’s Hospital’s commitment and success in implementing a high standard of stroke care by ensuring that its stroke patients receive treatment that meets nationally accepted, evidence-based standards and recommendations.

Hospitals must achieve 85 percent or higher adherence to all Get With The Guidelines-Stroke achievement indicators for two or more consecutive 12-month periods and achieve 75 percent or higher compliance with five of eight Get With The Guidelines-Stroke Quality measures to receive the Gold Plus Quality Achievement Award.

To qualify for the Target: Stroke Honor Roll Elite Plus, hospitals must meet quality measures developed to reduce the time between the patient’s arrival at the hospital and treatment with the clot-buster tissue plasminogen activator, or tPA, the only drug approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration to treat ischemic stroke. If given intravenously in the first three hours after the start of stroke symptoms, tPA has been shown to significantly reduce the effects of stroke and lessen the chance of permanent disability. Sacred Heart Medical Center & Children’s Hospital earned the award by meeting specific quality achievement measures for the diagnosis and treatment of stroke patients at a set level for a designated period.

“This national award recognizes the collaborative effort of our team of caregivers and the quality of care being provided to our patients,” says Cynthia Murphy, MD, director of the Sacred Heart Medical Center Primary Stroke Program. “Our program focuses on prevention, detection, rapid treatment and combines expertise with the latest technology to ensure the best possible patient outcomes. Our quality measures follow the most up-to-date, evidence-based guidelines with the goal of minimizing the effects of a stroke, and speeding recovery,” she adds.

Sacred Heart Medical Center & Children’s Hospital also received the 2017 Gold Seal of Approval—the highest recognition possible—from The Joint Commission for its Primary Stroke Program. It is the third year in a row that it received the AHA Get With The Guidelines Stroke Award - Gold Plus Target Stroke Elite Plus Honor Roll recognition, and the eighth year in a row that it has received the AHA’s Gold Plus award or higher.

Providence Sacred Heart Medical Center & Children's Hospital is the second largest hospital in Washington State, with 644 licensed beds. In addition to a 161-bed Children's Hospital—with more than 90 pediatric sub-specialists and a Level IV NICU—the Medical Center features comprehensive cardiac programs, a robotic center for minimally invasive surgery, a certified Stroke Center, inpatient psychiatric care and more. The only Level II Trauma Center in the Inland Northwest, Sacred Heart boasts many services often only found in university settings, including a heart, kidney and pancreas transplant program; a world-class research department, residency programs and more. Its service area extends to about 1.7 million people, and it is Spokane's largest private employer.