Skip to Main Content

Mercy Medical Center Redding is nationally recognized for its commitment to providing high-quality stroke care

REDDING, Calif. (February 13, 2023) - Through the Community Grants Program, Dignity Health North State Hospitals – Mercy Medical Center Redding, St. Elizabeth Community Hospital and Mercy Medical Center Mt. Shasta are able to partner with other non-profit organizations who are working to improve the health status and build a stronger more equitable future for the communities we serve. Each hospital recognized the following organizations with grants, as each leveraged the power of collaboration in their communities to offer comprehensive assistance to those in need.

Mercy Medical Center Redding (MMCR) granted $250,000 to three non-profit organizations that support Mercy’s vision and values:  

  • Children’s Legacy Center received funds to establish robust services, clarity within system navigation, and increase collaboration amongst entities to provide comprehensive care to children and families.

  • Empire Recovery Center received funds to pilot the “Transitioning Recovery with Coaching: From Treatment to Sober Living” project to address major obstacles to successful living in the recovery community.

  • FaithWorks Community Coalition received funds to launch and operate walk-in hours for homeless families and veterans to access Shasta County Coordinated Entry for assessment and connection to services.

  • The Northern California Center for Family Awareness – Kids’ Turn received funds to provide nine hours of evidence-based curriculum focused on families suffering parental separation. Each workshop will serve between 50 to 70 family members through at least five separate groups. This project will serve Shasta County families and sessions will be co-led by master’s level therapists and credentialed teachers.

  • Pathways to Hope for Children received funds to support Camp Hope. Youth exposed to child abuse, domestic violence and sexual assault will have a dedicated Youth Champion, a weeklong camping program, monthly mentoring opportunities, daily interaction at the Anderson Teen Center and in-home case management for the entire family.

St. Elizabeth Community Hospital (SECH) granted $70,500 to two non-profit organizations:

  • Family Counseling Center received funds to increase accessibility to professional counseling for Latino individuals with a Spanish speaking therapist.

  • Poor and the Homeless Tehama County (PATH) received funds for their transitional care program. PATH will be available for referrals within its men’s transitional living home, Pathways, to be available for patients that are identified as homeless and are recovering from a minor illness/injury and have no place to recover.

Mercy Medical Center Mt. Shasta (MMCMS) granted $30,000 to two non-profit organizations:

  • Great Northern Services received funds for their child nutrition program. Funds will be used to support the School-Mini Pantry and expand to additional schools in Siskiyou County.

  • Siskiyou Community Resource Collaborative received funds for the Help Me Grow Siskiyou Parent Support. This project aims to provide parental support services and link families to supportive services to bolster their mental health.  

# # #

About Dignity Health North State

Mercy Medical Center Redding, St. Elizabeth Community Hospital in Red Bluff, and Mercy Medical Center Mt. Shasta are Dignity Health North State hospitals sponsored by the Sisters of Mercy of Auburn. The hospitals are passionate about patient care, committed to community outreach, advocates for the underserved, and dedicated to delivering quality, affordable health services to those in need. The hospitals also offer a broad array of outpatient services and the senior services of Connected Living.  Visit to learn more.


REDDING, Calif. (July 8, 2023) - Mercy Medical Center Redding has received three American  Heart Association Get With The Guidelines® achievement awards for demonstrating commitment to  following up-to-date, research-based guidelines for the treatment of stroke, ultimately leading to  more lives saved and reduced disability. 

Mercy Medical Center Redding received the American Heart Association’s Get With The Guidelines® - Stroke Gold Plus, Target: StrokeSM Elite Honor Roll, and Target: Type 2 DiabetesSM Honor Roll  awards. To qualify for this recognition, hospitals must meet specific criteria that reduce the time between an  eligible patient’s arrival at the hospital and treatment with a clot-buster. Target: Type 2 Diabetes aims to  ensure patients with Type 2 diabetes, who might be at higher risk for complications, receive the  most up-to-date, evidence-based care when hospitalized due to stroke. 

Stroke is the No. 5 cause of death and a leading cause of disability in the U.S. A stroke occurs when  a blood vessel that carries oxygen and nutrients to the brain is either blocked by a clot or bursts.  When that happens, part of the brain cannot get the blood and oxygen it needs, so brain cells die.  Early stroke detection and treatment are key to improving survival, minimizing disability and  accelerating recovery times. 

Get With The Guidelines puts the expertise of the American Heart Association and American  Stroke Association to work for hospitals nationwide, helping ensure patient care is aligned with the  latest research- and evidence-based guidelines. Get With The Guidelines - Stroke is an in-hospital  program for improving stroke care by promoting consistent adherence to these guidelines, which  can minimize the long-term effects of a stroke and even prevent death. 

“Our goal is to ensure more people in the North State live longer and healthier lives by adhering to  the latest treatment guidelines. Our highly skilled and experienced team of neurologists,  neurointensivists and neurosurgeons provide life-saving care and immediate response to people  within the critical moments of stroke,” said G. Todd Smith, President, Mercy Medical Center  Redding. “We are honored to be recognized for our commitment to stroke care and will continue to  offer high-quality care to our community.”  

Each year, program participants qualify for the award by demonstrating how their organization has  committed to providing quality care for stroke patients. In addition to following treatment  guidelines, Get With The Guidelines participants also educate patients to help them manage their  health and recovery at home.  

“We are incredibly pleased to recognize Mercy Medical Center Redding for its commitment to  caring for patients with stroke,” said Steven Messe, M.D., volunteer chairperson of the American  Heart Association Stroke System of Care Advisory Group and professor of neurology and director 

of fellowships of neurology at the Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania. “Participation in Get  With The Guidelines is associated with improved patient outcomes, fewer readmissions and lower  mortality rates – a win for health care systems, families and communities.” 


About Dignity Health North State Hospitals 

Dignity Health’s three accredited, not-for-profit hospitals in the North State—Mercy Medical Center Mt. Shasta, Mercy Medical Center Redding, and St. Elizabeth  Community Hospital in Red Bluff— have received national recognition for superior safety and quality. Each is passionate about providing an exceptional patient experience, investing in our communities, advocating for the underserved, and delivering quality, affordable health services to anyone in need. 

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 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 12 million  patients since 2001. For more information, visit

Publish date: 

Saturday, July 08, 2023