American Stroke Association Awards EvergreenHealth for Excellence in Stroke Care for Fifth Consecutive Year
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.