Kirkland, Wash. – EvergreenHealth Stroke Care recently earned the American Stroke Association’s (ASA) Get With The Guidelines® - Stroke Gold Plus Quality Achievement Award for the fifth year in a row. The award honors EvergreenHealth for surpassing industry standards in stroke care by using the most up-to-date evidence-based treatment guidelines to improve outcomes for patients who suffer a stroke.
To earn Gold Plus status within the Get With The Guidelines program, EvergreenHealth’s stroke program met at least five quality achievement measures for the diagnosis and treatment of stroke for two consecutive years. These measures align with the latest evidence-based guidelines for expediting recovery while reducing the risk of death and disability for stroke patients.
“Earning this distinction from the American Stroke Association once again reaffirms our commitment to providing patients and families with the highest-quality stroke care,” said EvergreenHealth CEO Jeff Tomlin, MD. “Successful stroke care involves the seamless collaboration among providers across many disciplines, and it’s an honor to be recognized for the dedication and expertise our team consistently demonstrates when every second counts.”
In addition to the Quality Achievement Award, EvergreenHealth was again recognized on ASA’s Target: Stroke Elite Plus Honor Roll. To qualify for this recognition, EvergreenHealth achieved quality measures designed to reduce the time between the patient’s arrival at the hospital and treatment with the clot-buster tPA (tissue plasminogen activator), the only drug approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration to treat ischemic stroke. When tPA is administered to stroke patients within three hours of the onset of stroke symptoms, it can dissolve blood clots and restore blood flow to the brain, increasing the patient’s chance of making a full recovery.
Get With The Guidelines is the American Stroke Association’s hospital-based quality improvement program that provides hospitals with tools and resources to improve stroke care through adherence to the latest research-based guidelines, recognizing those hospitals that achieve at least 85 percent compliance in each of the Get With The Guidelines Achievement Targeted Award Measures.
EvergreenHealth is also designated as a Primary Stroke Center by The Joint Commission, and as part of its commitment to quality stroke care, the health system recently added capacity with a new catheterization and interventional radiology suite, or cath lab. The suite’s expansion includes a biplane machine, a state-of-the-art interventional imaging unit that produces detailed 3-D images of vessels and blood flow in real-time, enabling providers to identify and treat the source of a blockage or malformation as quickly as possible.
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 serving nearly one million residents in King and Snohomish counties with a breadth of services and programs that are among the most comprehensive in the region. Formed as a public hospital district in 1972, EvergreenHealth includes a 318-bed acute care medical center in Kirkland and a 72-bed hospital, EvergreenHealth Monroe, which is an accredited, full-service public hospital district established in 1960 in Monroe, Washington. The system also includes a network of 13 primary care practices, five urgent care centers, more than two dozen specialty care practices, and 24/7 emergency care from its Kirkland, Monroe and Redmond locations.
EvergreenHealth remains committed to its purpose to enrich the health and well-being of the community by providing clinical excellence in more than 80 specialties and through extensive community health outreach and education programs, anchored by the 24/7 EvergreenHealth Nurse Navigator & Healthline.
The health system is consistently named as one of Healthgrades America’s 100 Best Hospitals and it is one of only 293 hospitals nationwide to hold a 5-Star Overall Rating from the Centers for Medicaid & Medicare Services (CMS). Learn more at www.evergreenhealth.com.
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