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Dignity Health Central Coast Stroke Program Recognized Nationally for Stroke Care

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Each hospital honored with Get With The Guidelines® - Stroke Silver Plus Quality Achievement Awards

CENTRAL COAST – June 17, 2019 –  Arroyo Grande Community Hospital (AGCH), French Hospital Medical Center (FHMC), and Marian Regional Medical Center (MRMC), all Dignity Health Central Coast hospitals, are proud to announce each are recipients of the American Heart Association/American Stroke Association’s 2019 Get With The Guidelines®- Stroke Silver Plus Quality Achievement Award. 

To receive the Stroke Silver Plus Quality Achievement Award, hospitals must meet specific quality achievement measures for the diagnosis and treatment of stroke patients at a set level for a designated period. These measures include evaluation of the proper use of medications and other stroke treatments aligned with the most up-to-date, evidence-based guidelines with the goal of speeding recovery and reducing death and disability for stroke patients. Additionally, before discharge, patients receive education on managing their health, schedule a follow-up visit, as well as other care transition interventions.

“Every 40 seconds in the Unites States, someone suffers a stroke,” says Kirsten Featherstone, Neuroscience Services Manager, Dignity Health Central Coast. “We are very proud of our primary stroke program and are honored to receive this national recognition, which highlights the superior level of stroke care we provide for our community members.” 

Dignity Health Central Coast hospitals are all designated Primary Stroke Centers, a distinction recognizing facilities that follow the best practices for stroke care. The facilities also provide integrated services in stroke diagnosis, treatment, and rehabilitation. 

These awards recognize the hospitals’ commitment and success to ensuring that stroke patients receive the most appropriate stroke treatment according to nationally recognized, research-based guidelines based on the latest scientific evidence.


About Get with the Guidelines®
Get With The Guidelines® is the American Heart Association/American Stroke Association’s hospital-based quality improvement program that provides hospitals with tools and resources to increase adherence to the latest research-based guidelines. Developed with the goal of saving lives and hastening recovery, Get With The Guidelines has touched the lives of more than 6 million patients since 2001. For more information, visit

About Dignity Health Central Coast
Dignity Health Central Coast is comprised of five award-winning hospitals, all recognized for their quality of care, safety and service, primary care offices, premier ambulatory surgery centers, technologically advanced imaging centers, outpatient services, and comprehensive home health services. Hospitals in the Dignity Health Central Coast region include Arroyo Grande Community Hospital in Arroyo Grande, French Hospital Medical Center in San Luis Obispo, Marian Regional Medical Center in Santa Maria, St. John’s Pleasant Valley Hospital in Camarillo, and St. John’s Regional Medical Center in Oxnard. Each hospital is supported by an active philanthropic Foundation to provide additional funding to support new programs and services, as well as to advance the community’s access to health care.  For more information, visit


Publish date: 

Monday, June 17, 2019