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St. Bernardine Medical Center Receives Gold Award in Stroke Care


Dignity Health - St. Bernardine Medical Center (SBMC) has received the American Heart Association/American Stroke Association 2018 Get With The GuidelinesĀ® - Stroke Gold Plus Quality Achievement Award and also qualified for recognition on the Target: Stroke Honor Roll.

This award recognizes SBMC’s commitment and success in implementing a high standard of stroke care by ensuring that their stroke patients receive treatment that meets nationally accepted, evidence-based standards and recommendations.

“This award is a testament to the work and commitment of our highly-skilled medical team,” states Hospital President, Douglas Kleam. “Being honored for providing excellent patient care is the highest recognition a hospital can get. SBMC is dedicated to improving the quality of stroke care and implementing the American Heart Association/American Stroke Association’s Get With The Guidelines program is aligned with that goal.”

According to the American Heart Association/American Stroke Association, stroke is the number five cause of death and a leading cause of adult disability in the United States. On average, someone in the U.S. suffers a stroke every 40 seconds, someone dies of a stroke every four minutes, and nearly 800,000 people suffer a new or recurrent stroke each year.

SBMC earned the award by meeting specific quality achievement measures for the diagnosis and treatment of stroke patients at a set level for a designated period. These quality measures are designed to help hospital teams follow the most up-to-date, evidence-based guidelines with the goal of speeding recovery, and reducing death and disability for stroke patients.

About Dignity Health – St. Bernardine Medical Center

Founded as a faith-based hospital in 1931 by the Sisters of Charity of the Incarnate Word, Dignity Health – St. Bernardine Medical Center is a 342-bed, acute care, nonprofit hospital located in San Bernardino, California. The hospital offers a full complement of services, including the Inland Empire Heart and Vascular Institute, an award-winning orthopedics program, surgical w eight loss, and is an official Neurovascular Stroke Center. The hospital shares a legacy of humankindness with Dignity Health, one of the nation’s five largest health care systems. Visit dignityhealth.org/stbernardine for more information.

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