Sacred Heart Receives Heart and Stroke Honors
January 31, 2013
Spokane, WA – Providence Sacred Heart Medical Center & Children’s Hospital has received the 2013 American Heart Association/American Stroke Association (AHA/ASA) 2012 “Get With The Guidelines” Stroke Gold Plus and Silver Achievement Awards. The awards recognizes the Sacred Heart’s commitment and success in implementing excellent care for stroke patients, according to evidence-based guidelines.
To receive the Gold Plus award, Sacred Heart achieved an 85 percent or higher adherence to all of the AHA’s indicators for 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 at least 50 percent of eligible ischemic stroke patients also received IV tPA within 60 minutes of arriving at the hospital (known as ‘door-to-needle’ time).
In addition to the stroke achievement award, Sacred Heart, also received the AHA/ASA 2013 Get with the Guidelines Resuscitation Silver Award for achieving at least 12 consecutive months of 85 percent or higher adherence of the Association's four criteria to improve quality of patient care and outcomes.
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.