Area hospitals honored for heart, stroke care

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Posted 8/27/18

Nine Centura Health hospitals have received Get With The Guidelines awards, given by American Heart Association/American Stroke Assication to hospitals that provide industry-leading heart and stroke …

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Area hospitals honored for heart, stroke care

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Nine Centura Health hospitals have received Get With The Guidelines awards, given by American Heart Association/American Stroke Assication to hospitals that provide industry-leading heart and stroke care.

“We are pleased to recognize so many of the Centura family of hospitals for their commitment to quality care,” Eric E. Smith, M.D., national chairman of the Get With The Guidelines steering committee, said in a news release. “Research has shown that hospitals adhering to clinical measures through the Get With The Guidelines quality improvement initiative often see fewer readmissions and lower mortality rates.”

Centura hospitals in Colorado Community Newspapers coverage areas being honored for stroke care are Castle Rock Adventist Hospital, Littleton Adventist Hospital, Parker Adventist Hospital, Porter Adventist Hospital in Denver, St. Anthony Hospital in Lakewood, and the St. Anthony North Health Campus in Westminster.

Castle Rock, Littleton, Parker, Porter, St. Anthony and St. Anthony North each received Get With The Guidelines’ Stroke Gold Plus Quality Achievement Award, the association’s most advanced level of recognition.

This award is earned by meeting specific quality achievement measures for the diagnosis and treatment of stroke patients at a set level for a designated period, and these measures include evaluation of the proper use of medications as well as 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, the release says.

Additionally, Castle Rock, Littleton, Parker, Porter and St. Anthony received the association’s Target: StrokeSM Honor Roll-Elite Plus award, while St. Anthony North earned the Target: Stroke Honor Roll.

To qualify for the Elite Plus award, 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. The Elite Plus designation is the highest level of honor roll recognition levels.

Porter, St. Anthony and the St. Anthony North Health Campus also were recognized for high-level work in heart failure.

Porter earned the Heart Failure Gold Plus and Target HR: Honor Roll recognition, while St. Anthony and St. Anthony North earned the Heart Failure Silver Plus and Target HF Honor Roll deisgnations.

Recognized hospitals have demonstrated a commitment to ensuring heart and stroke patients receive treatment using nationally recognized, research-based guidelines, based on the latest scientific evidence, and only those that meet specific quality achievement measures receive the honor.

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 United States suffers a stroke every 40 seconds and nearly 795,000 people suffer a new or recurrent stroke each year.

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