Dignity Health Saint Francis Memorial Hospital has received the American Heart Association/American Stroke Association’s Get With The Guidelines®-Stroke Gold Plus Quality Achievement Award. The award recognizes the hospital’s commitment and success in ensuring stroke patients receive the most appropriate treatment according to nationally recognized, research-based guidelines.
Most hospitals that implement Get With The Guidelines realize measurable results, including improved patient outcomes and fewer recurring events. It’s a difference that shows in the lives of patients and their families and in the satisfaction felt by caregivers empowered to do their best. Studies show that consistent application of these programs can lead to better recoveries and lower risks of ending up back in the hospital.
Hospitals receiving a Get With The Guidelines Gold Plus Achievement Award have reached an aggressive goal of treating stroke patients with 85 percent or higher compliance to core standard levels of care outlined by the American Heart Association/American Stoke Association. In addition, those hospitals have demonstrated 75 percent compliance to seven out of ten stroke quality measures.
These quality measures are designed to help hospital teams provide the most up-to-date, evidence-based guidelines with the goal of speeding recovery and reducing death and disability for stroke patients. They focus on appropriate use of guideline-based care for stroke patients, including aggressive use of medications such as clot-busting and anti-clotting drugs, blood thinners, and cholesterol-reducing drugs; preventive action for deep vein thrombosis; and smoking cessation counseling.
Saint Francis Memorial Hospital, also certified by The Joint Commission as a Primary Stroke Center, is committed to taking care of stroke patients in an efficient, timely, and comprehensive manner using interventions based on scientific evidence.