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St. John’s Stroke Program Recognized for Its Commitment to Stroke Care


Both St. John’s Hospitals receive Get With The Guidelines®-Stroke Gold Plus Quality Achievement Awards for the Third Consecutive Year

OXNARD, CA – (June 19, 2019) – St. John’s Regional Medical Center (SJRMC) and St. John’s Pleasant Valley Hospital (SJPVH), members of Dignity Health, are proud to announce they are each recipients of the American Heart Association/American Stroke Association’s 2019 Get With The Guidelines®-Stroke Gold Plus Quality Achievement Award. SJRMC also earned a spot on the Target: Stroke Elite Honor Roll.

To receive the Gold Plus Quality Achievement Awards, hospitals must achieve 85 percent or higher adherence to all Get With The Guidelines-Stroke achievement indicators for a minimum of 12 consecutive months and achieve 75 percent or higher compliance to a group of quality measures. These ratios 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.

“Every 40 seconds in the Unites States, someone suffers a stroke,” said St. John’s Medical Director of the Primary Stroke Center, Mani Nezhad, MD. “We are very proud of our primary certified 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 St. John’s 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.

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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 heart.org.

About Dignity Health St. John’s Pleasant Valley Hospital and St. John’s Regional Medical Center

St. John’s Pleasant Valley Hospital in Camarillo and St. John’s Regional Medical Center in Oxnard are members of Dignity Health, an integrated network of top quality hospitals, with physicians from the most prestigious medical schools, and comprehensive outpatient services - all recognized for quality, safety and service. Combined both hospitals have received more than 66 quality awards and have been named among America’s Top 100 Hospitals by Healthgrades. Both hospitals are supported by an active philanthropic Foundation to help meet the growing health care needs of our communities. Hospitals in the Dignity Health Central Coast region also include Arroyo Grande Community Hospital in Arroyo Grande, French Hospital Medical Center in San Luis Obispo, Marian Regional Medical Center in Santa Maria. Learn more at DignityHealth.org/PleasantValley and DignityHealth.org/StJohnsRegional.


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