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St. John’s Riverside Hospital Receives American Heart Association’s Get With The Guidelines-Stroke Gold Plus Quality Achievement Award

Jul 31

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St. John’s Riverside Hospital has received the Get With The Guidelines®–Stroke Gold Plus Quality Achievement Award from the American Heart Association. The award recognizes St. John’s Riverside Hospital’s commitment and success in implementing a higher standard of care by ensuring that stroke patients receive treatment according to nationally accepted guidelines.
    This marks the third year that St. John’s Riverside Hospital has been recognized with a quality achievement award.  
    The “Get With The Guidelines–Stroke” Program helps St. John’s Riverside Hospital’s staff develop and implement acute and secondary prevention processes to improve patient care and outcomes. The program provides hospitals with a web-based patient management tool, best practice discharge protocols and standing orders, along with a robust registry and real-time benchmarking capabilities to track performance.  “‘The Get With The Guidelines-Stroke Gold Plus Quality Achievement Award’ validates ours staff’s continued commitment to improving the quality of stroke care and providing evidence based protocols to intervene rapidly, thus sparing brain loss.” Frances Davis, RN, MS, CCRN Vice President Nursing Service at St. John’s Riverside Hospital.
    The quick and efficient use of guideline procedures can improve the quality of care for stroke patients and may reduce disability and save lives.
    “Recent studies show that patients treated in hospitals participating in the American Heart Association’s Get With The Guidelines-Stroke program receive a higher quality of care and may experience better outcomes,” said Lee H. Schwamm, M.D., chair of the Get With The Guidelines National Steering Committee and director of the TeleStroke and Acute Stroke Services at Massachusetts General Hospital in Boston, Mass. “St. John’s Riverside Hospital team is to be commended for their commitment to improving the care of their patients.”
    Following Get With The Guidelines-Stroke treatment guidelines, patients are started on aggressive risk-reduction therapies including the use of medications such as tPA, antithrombotics and anticoagulation therapy, along with cholesterol reducing drugs and smoking cessation counseling. These are all aimed at reducing death and disability and improving the lives of stroke patients. Hospitals must adhere to these measures at a set level for a designated period of time to be eligible for the achievement awards.
    “St. John’s Riverside Hospital is dedicated to making our care for stroke patients among the best in the country. The American Heart Association’s Get With The Guidelines–Stroke program helps us to accomplish this goal,” said Dr. Manjeet Dhallu, M.D. Stroke Center Medical Director at St. John’s Riverside Hospital. “This recognition demonstrates that we are on the right track and we’re very proud of our team.  The effort to improve and stay at the forefront of quality stroke care here at St. John’s Riverside Hospital is the result of hard work by the entire staff.  As the number of stroke patients is expected to grow over the next decade we will continue to strive to provide the community with high quality care.”
    According to the American Heart Association/American Stroke Association, stroke is one of the leading causes of death and serious, long-term disability in the United States. On average, someone suffers a stroke every 40 seconds; someone dies of a stroke every four minutes; and 795,000 people suffer a new or recurrent stroke each year.

About Get With The Guidelines
Get With The Guidelines® is the American Heart Association/American Stroke Association’s hospital-based quality improvement program that empowers healthcare teams to save lives and reduce healthcare costs by helping hospitals follow evidence-based guidelines and recommendations.  For more information, visit


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