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Sacred Heart Receives Honors for Treating Stroke Patients

January 01, 2011

Spokane, WA – Providence Sacred Heart Medical Center & Children’s Hospital has received the 2011 American Heart Association/American Stroke Association (AHA/ASA) 2011 “Get With The Guidelines” Stroke Gold Plus Achievement Award. The award recognizes the Sacred Heart’s commitment and success in implementing excellent care for stroke patients, according to evidence-based guidelines.

To receive the award, Sacred Heart achieved an 85 percent or higher adherence to the Associations’ indicators for two or more consecutive 12-month intervals, and 75 percent or higher compliance with six of 10 quality measures, which are reporting initiatives to measure quality of care.

In addition to the stroke achievement award, Sacred Heart, also received the AHA/ASA 2011 Target: Stroke Honor Roll for improving stroke care. Over the past quarter, at least 50 percent of eligible ischemic stroke patients have received IV tPA within 60 minutes of arriving at the hospital (known as ‘door-to-needle’ time).

According to the AHA/ASA, stroke is the third leading cause of death in the United States and a leading cause of serious, long-term disability. On average, someone suffers a stroke every 45 seconds; someone dies of a stroke every three minutes; and 795,000 people suffer a new or recurrent stroke each year.

About Get With The Guidelines

Get With The Guidelines® is the American Heart Association/American Stroke Association’s hospital-based quality improvement program that empowers health care teams to save lives and reduce costs by helping hospitals follow evidence-based guidelines and recommendations. For more information, visit heart.org/quality.