Dignity Health St. Mary’s Medical Center, San Francisco, recently received the Get With The Guidelines-Stroke Silver-Plus Quality Achievement Award, which recognizes its implementation of specific quality improvement measures outlined by the American Heart Association/American Stroke Association for the treatment of stroke patients.

A news release issued by Dignity Health St. Mary’s Medical Center notes that the Get With The Guidelines-Stroke assists hospital teams in providing the most up-to-date, research-based guidelines, with the ultimate goal centering on speeding recovery, as well as reducing death and disability in patients who have sustained a stroke. St. Mary’s earned the award by meeting specific quality achievement measures for the rapid diagnosis and treatment of stroke patients, the release adds. These measures include aggressive use of medications and risk-reduction therapies intended to reduce death and disability, improving the lives of stroke patients.

Anna Cheung, president, Dignity Health St. Mary’s Medical Center, states that the organization remains dedicated to improving the quality of its stroke care and the award helps it achieve this goal, adding “We are very proud of the many awards we have received for our outstanding stroke care, and the Stroke Silver Plus Quality Achievement Award is another recognition of our staff’s commitment to quality and safety.”

The Stroke Center at St. Mary’s has been certified as a Primary Stroke Center by The Joint Commission and recognized by Healthgrades as one of America’s top 100 best hospitals for stroke care.

“We are pleased to recognize St. Mary’s Medical Center for their commitment and dedication to stroke care,” says Deepak L. Bhatt, MD, MPH, national chairman of the Get With The Guidelines steering committee and executive director of Interventional Cardiovascular Programs at Brigham and Women’s Hospital and Professor of Medicine at Harvard Medical School.

Get With The Guidelines-Stroke, the release adds, also assists St. Mary’s staff in implementing prevention measures, which include educating stroke patients to manage their risk factors and to be aware of warning signs for stroke, and ensuring they take their medication properly. Customized patient education materials can also be made available by hospitals upon discharge, based upon the patient’s individual risk profiles.

Source: Dignity Health St. Mary’s Medical Center