Kirkland, Wash. – For the third consecutive year, EvergreenHealth earned the American Stroke Association’s (ASA) Get With The Guidelines® - Stroke Gold Plus Quality Achievement Award for its high standards in stroke care that surpass nationally accepted, evidence-based treatment standards for patient care and outcomes.
Hospitals that achieve gold status through the ASA’s Get With The Guidelines program successfully demonstrate exceptional performance, for at least 24 consecutive months, across several key quality measures that are proven to improve patient outcomes.
“Delivering high quality stroke care requires teamwork and we’re proud to recognize the providers, staff and volunteers, in addition to our EMTs and fire departments, whose commitment to collaboration continually improves outcomes for patients during their most critical times,” said EvergreenHealth CEO Bob Malte.
In addition to the Quality Achievement Award, EvergreenHealth was recognized on ASA’s Target: Stroke Elite Plus Honor Roll. This honor is given to health systems for meeting stroke quality measures that reduce the time between a patient’s arrival at the hospital and treatment with the clot-buster tPA, the only FDA-approved drug to treat ischemic stroke. When tPA is administered to stroke patients within three hours of the onset of symptoms, the drug may support quicker recovery and reduce the patient’s chance of suffering from a severe disability.
Get With The Guidelines-Stroke is an in-hospital program for improving stroke care by promoting consistent adherence to the latest scientific treatment guidelines, and reports on achievement, quality, reporting, and descriptive measures. Studies have shown that organizations that consistently follow Get With The Guidelines quality improvement measures can reduce patients’ lengths of stay and 30-day readmission rates, and reduce disparity gaps in care.
In 2016, EvergreenHealth’s stroke program was also recognized by HealthGrades with its Stroke Care Excellence Award for the ninth year, ranking it among the top 100 in the nation and the best in Washington state for five years.
For more information about The Primary Stroke Center at EvergreenHealth, visit www.evergreenhealth.com/stroke or call the 24/7 Nurse Navigator & Healthline at 425.899.3000.
EvergreenHealth is an integrated health care system that serves nearly one million residents in King and Snohomish counties and offers a breadth of services and programs that is among the most comprehensive in the region. More than 1,000 physicians provide clinical excellence in over 80 specialties, including heart and vascular care, oncology, surgical care, orthopedics, neurosciences, women’s and children’s services, pulmonary care and home care and hospice services. Formed as a public hospital district in 1972, EvergreenHealth includes a 318-bed acute care medical center in Kirkland, a network of 12 primary care practices, two urgent care centers, over two dozen specialty care practices and 24/7 emergency care at its Kirkland, Monroe, and Redmond campuses. In 2015, the system expanded to include EvergreenHealth Monroe – an accredited, full-service 74-bed public hospital district, established in 1960 in Monroe, Washington. EvergreenHealth has clinical and strategic partnerships with several health care entities, including Overlake Medical Center, Seattle Cancer Care Alliance and dozens of independent practices that are part of the clinically integrated Eastside Health Network and the Puget Sound High Value Network. In addition to clinical care, EvergreenHealth offers extensive community health outreach and education programs, anchored by the 24/7 EvergreenHealth Nurse Navigator & Healthline.
In 2016, EvergreenHealth achieved its eighth designation in the last nine years (2009-2012, and 2014-2017) as a Distinguished Hospital for Clinical Excellence from Healthgrades®, and in 2017 it was named one of Healthgrades 2017 America’s 100 Best Hospitals placing it among the top 2 percent of hospitals nationwide, based on its outstanding clinical performance. EvergreenHealth was also named one of the nation’s 100 Top Hospitals® by Truven Health Analytics™ in the “Large Community Hospitals” category for outstanding achievements in patient care, operational efficiency and financial strength, two years in a row. For more information, visit www.evergreenhealth.com.
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