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GAMC Receives Stroke Quality Achievement Award

Awards & Recognition

Glendale, CA ― Glendale Adventist Medical Center (GAMC) received the American Heart Association/American Stroke Association’s Get With The Guidelines®-Stroke Gold Plus Quality Achievement Award with Target: StrokeSM Honor Roll Elite. The award recognizes the hospital’s commitment to providing the most appropriate stroke treatment according to nationally recognized, research-based guidelines based on the latest scientific evidence.
Hospitals must achieve 85 percent or higher adherence to all Get With The Guidelines-Stroke achievement indicators for two or more consecutive 12-month periods and achieve 75 percent or higher compliance with five of eight Get With The Guidelines-Stroke quality measures to receive the Gold Plus Quality Achievement Award.
To qualify for the Target: Stroke Honor Roll Elite, hospitals must meet 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. If given intravenously in the first three hours after the start of stroke symptoms, tPA has been shown to significantly reduce the effects of stroke and lessen the chance of permanent disability. Glendale Adventist Medical Center 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. GAMC has also met specific scientific guidelines as a Primary Stroke Center or as a Comprehensive Stroke Center, featuring a comprehensive system for rapid diagnosis and treatment of stroke patients admitted to the emergency department.
“A stroke patient loses 1.9 million neurons each minute stroke treatment is delayed. This recognition further demonstrates our commitment to delivering advanced stroke treatments to patients quickly and safely,” said Marion Watson, neuroscience director. “GAMC continues to strive for excellence in the acute treatment of stroke patients. The recognition from the American Heart Association/American Stroke Association’s Get With The Guidelines-Stroke further reinforces our team’s hard work.”
“The American Heart Association and American Stroke Association recognize GAMC for its commitment to stroke care,” said Paul Heidenreich, MD, MS, 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.”
Get With The Guidelines®-S puts the expertise of the American Heart Association and American Stroke Association to work for hospitals nationwide, helping hospital care teams ensure the care provided to patients is aligned with the latest research-based guidelines. 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.

“We’re honored to receive this recognition. Our commitment to providing our patients the highest- quality stroke care is centered on current scientific research and best practices,” said Lance Lee, MD, Medical Director of the Stroke Center at GAMC.

On the morning of January 3, 2017, Raymond Lynch, 34-year old registered nurse and hockey player, with no past medical history suffered a stroke so devastating in magnitude that in previous years it was deemed not treatable. Fortunately, Raymond was able to receive the life-saving medical expertise of neurologists at GAMC that gave him a fighting chance and completely reverse the course of the disease in a matter of hours. Walking out of the hospital just 48 hours after suffering a stroke is remarkable. When Lynch arrived, Neurologist Mikayel Grigoryan, MD, quickly realized that this was no ordinary stroke, Lynch was suffering from a tandem occlusion of the carotid artery, a very aggressive kind of stroke. His condition required a specialized interventional procedure in the form of an advanced device called a stent retriever. A small mesh cage that is pushed with the help of a tube into a blood vessel and directed to the clot. GAMC is one of the few hospitals that offer this kind of treatment 24 hours a day/seven days a week. Remarkably, Raymond’s improvement was seen immediately. During his life saving procedure, he started moving his left arm which he previously was unable to do.   
“One of the biggest myths is that strokes target the elderly, this is simply not true. Raymond is young and completely healthy. Stroke is the 5th leading cause of death but it is the number one leading cause of disability and this can be devastating for a young active person like Raymond,” explains Dr. Grigoryan. 
According to the American Heart Association/American Stroke Association, stroke is the No. 5 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.  

“Time is brain. Remembering that simple sentence can make all the difference if you or someone around you ever experiences a stroke. Our team of stroke specialists are dedicated to ensuring that the amount of time that passes between stroke and treatment is minimal,” said Dr. Lee.


About Glendale Adventist Medical Center’s Stroke Team – The team is ready to respond 24 hours a day, seven days a week. Each member is highly trained and performs a critical function, resulting in faster treatment times and, ultimately, better outcomes and shorter hospital stays. A multidisciplinary team of experts coordinate the individual care of each patient, ensuring that the patient’s physical, behavioral, cognitive and emotional needs are met.

In August of 2015, DNV GL Healthcare USA, Inc., awarded certification to GAMC as a Comprehensive Stroke Center, reflecting the highest level of competence for treatment of the most serious stroke events. The hospital was the first in California to receive this certification from DNV GL Healthcare. By earning this prestigious accreditation, GAMC has demonstrated it exceeds patient safety standards set forth by the U.S. Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services, the Brain Attack Coalition and the American Stroke Association. For more information about Glendale Adventist Medical Center, call (818) 409-8000 or visit

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 tools and resources to increase adherence to 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 6 million patients since 2001. For more information, visit