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Adventist Health Glendale Receives Stroke Gold Plus Quality Achievement Award

Awards & Recognition Adventist Health Glendale has received the American Heart Association/American Stroke Association’s Get With The Guidelines®-Stroke Gold Plus Quality Achievement Award. The award recognizes the hospital’s commitment to ensuring stroke patients receive the most appropriate treatment according to nationally recognized, research-based guidelines based on the latest scientific evidence. 
 
Adventist Health Glendale 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 measures include evaluation of the proper use of medications and other stroke treatments aligned with the most up-to-date, evidence-based guidelines with the goal of speeding recovery and reducing death and disability for stroke patients. Before discharge, patients should also receive education on managing their health, get a follow-up visit scheduled, as well as other care transition interventions. 
 
Adventist Health Glendale additionally received the association’s Elite/Target: StrokeSM Elite award. To qualify for this recognition, 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.
 
“Adventist Health Glendale is dedicated to the on-going quality of care for our stroke patients demonstrated by consistently meeting the American Heart Association’s Get With The Guidelines®-Stroke initiative,” said Marion Watson, administrative director of the Neuroscience Institute.

“The tools and resources provided help us track and measure our success in meeting evidence-based clinical guidelines developed to improve patient outcomes. This is the first year we are receiving the Stroke Elite Honor Roll. It's the highest recognition and we are truly honored,” said Michelle Jocson, DNP, MSN/Ed., PHN, CNRN, stroke program manager.
 
“We are pleased to recognize Adventist Health Glendale for their commitment to stroke care,” said Eric E. Smith, MD, national chairman of the Get With The Guidelines® Steering Committee and an associate professor of neurology at the University of Calgary in Alberta, Canada. “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.” 
 
“We’re honored to receive this recognition. Our commitment to providing our patients thehighest- quality stroke care is centered on current scientific research and best practices,” said Lance Lee, MD, medical director of the Stroke Center at Adventist Health Glendale.
 
“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.

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 and nearly 795,000 people suffer a new or recurrent stroke each year. 
   
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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 heart.org. 
 
 About Adventist Health Glendale'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 Adventist Health Glendale as a Comprehensive Stroke Center, reflecting the highest level of competence for treatment of the most serious stroke events. The hospital is the first in California to receive this certification from DNV GL Healthcare . By earning this prestigious accreditation, Adventist Health Glendale 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. The DNV GL Comprehensive Stroke Center Certification encompasses the full spectrum of stroke care—from the initial and rapid diagnosis, advanced and state-of-the art treatment, comprehensive rehabilitation program and community wide stroke education—and establishes clear metrics to evaluate outcomes. Comprehensive Stroke Centers are typically the largest and best-equipped hospitals in a given geographical area that can treat any kind of stroke and complex neurological cases.