Sutter Health Hospitals Honored for High Quality Stroke Care
Five hospitals within Sutter Health’s not-for-profit network in Northern California received recognition this month for providing a high level of stroke care by the American Heart Association/American Stroke Association as part of the 2017 “Get With The Guidelines” awards.
Sutter Health’s Alta Bates Summit Medical Center, California Pacific Medical Center, Eden Medical Center, Memorial Medical Center and Mills-Peninsula Medical Center each earned a Get With The Guidelines®-Stroke Gold-Plus Quality Achievement Award for their commitment to providing the most appropriate stroke treatment according to nationally recognized, research-based guidelines based on the latest scientific evidence.
To attain this recognition, hospitals achieved or exceeded performance-focused target indicators set forth by the American Heart Association/American Stroke Association for at least two consecutive years. The hospitals also met or exceeded at least five of eight additional stroke quality measures.
“Our team adopts new technologies, makes novel discoveries and embraces creative thinking to help people and communities achieve their best health,” said Stephen Lockhart, M.D., chief medical officer for Sutter Health.
In addition, all five Sutter hospitals earned a Target Stroke Honor Roll recognition—with Alta Bates Summit Medical Center and Eden Medical Center receiving Elite Plus Honor Roll status. Hospitals earn honor roll status by meeting specific quality achievement measures for the diagnoses and treatment of stroke patients at a set level for a designated period.
“The American Heart Association and American Stroke Association recognizes these five Sutter Health hospitals for their commitment to stroke care,” said Paul Heidenreich, M.D., M.S., national chairman of the Get With The Guidelines Steering Committee and Professor of Medicine at Stanford University. “Research has shown there are benefits to patients who are treated at hospitals that have adopted the Get With The Guidelines program.”
Developed with the goal to save lives and improve recovery time, Get With The Guidelines®-S has impacted more than 3 million patients since 2003.
Each of the honored hospitals are designated by The Joint Commission as Primary Stroke Centers and serve as a resource available to patients needing stroke-related services.