Sutter Hospitals Honored for High Quality Stroke and Cardiac Care
SACRAMENTO, Calif. – Ten hospitals within Sutter’s not-for-profit network received recognition by the American Stroke Association for providing a high level of stroke care as part of the 2019 Get With The Guidelines® awards. Additionally, 20 hospitals in the Sutter system received recognition from the American Heart Association for consistently applying the American College of Cardiology guidelines when treating patients with heart failure.
Sutter hospitals including Alta Bates Summit Medical Center in Oakland, California Pacific Medical Center (Pacific and Davies campuses) in San Francisco, Eden Medical Center in Castro Valley, Memorial Medical Center in Modesto, Mills-Peninsula Medical Center in Burlingame, Sutter Medical Center, Sacramento, Novato Community Hospital, and Sutter Santa Rosa Regional Hospital each earned a Get With The Guidelines®-Stroke Gold-Plus Quality Achievement Award for their commitment to providing the most appropriate stroke treatment by following nationally recognized, research-based guidelines.
To attain this recognition, hospitals met or exceeded performance-focused quality measures set forth by the American Heart Association/American Stroke Association.
“Our care teams work closely together, using evidence-based clinical practices, so our patients receive safe, high-quality care and exceptional service,” said Stephen Lockhart, M.D., Ph.D., chief medical officer for Sutter Health. “Our goal of continuous improvement helps drive and strengthen our integrated health care network.”
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.
Nine of the Sutter hospitals honored also earned a place in the Honor Roll —with Alta Bates Summit Medical Center (Oakland campus), Eden Medical Center, Sutter Tracy Community Hospital, and Sutter Santa Rosa Regional Hospital each receiving Elite Plus Honor Roll status. To qualify for this recognition, these hospitals met quality measures developed to reduce the time between the patient’s arrival at the hospital and treatment with the clot-buster tissue plasminogen activator, or tPA, the only drug approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration to treat ischemic stroke.
The 2019 Get With The Guidelines® awards also recognizes hospitals that maintain high standards in the treatment of heart failure and deliver evidence-based care. Sutter’s Alta Bates Summit Medical Center (Oakland and Berkeley campuses), California Pacific Medical Center (Pacific , Davies and Mission Bernal campuses), Memorial Medical Center, Mills-Peninsula Medical Center, Memorial Hospital Los Banos, Sutter Amador Hospital in Jackson, Sutter Auburn Faith Hospital, Sutter Coast Hospital in Crescent City, Sutter Davis Hospital, Sutter Delta Medical Center in Antioch, Sutter Lakeside Hospital in Lakeport, Sutter Roseville Medical Center, Sutter Solano Medical Center in Vallejo, Sutter Medical Center, Sacramento, Novato Community Hospital, and Sutter Santa Rosa Regional Hospital each earned a Get With The Guidelines®- Silver Quality Achievement Award for high quality heart failure care.
“The American Heart Association and American Stroke Association are pleased to recognize these Sutter hospitals for their commitment to stroke and cardiac care,” said said Lee H. Schwamm, M.D., national chairperson of the Quality Oversight Committee and Executive Vice Chair of Neurology, Director of Acute Stroke Services, Massachusetts General Hospital, Boston, Massachusetts. “Research has shown that hospitals adhering to clinical measures through the Get With The Guidelines® quality improvement initiative can often see fewer readmissions and lower mortality rates.”
Sutter Health proactively implements programs across its integrated network that continuously improve the quality and value of healthcare for patients. Its integration across regions, clinical settings and data environments is delivering care models with high-quality clinical outcomes. From heart transplants to valve replacements to cardiac ablations, Sutter uses innovative procedures and treatments to care for patients with a wide variety of specialized heart and vascular needs.