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Published on September 13, 2019

EvergreenHealth Monroe receives Get With The Guidelines Target: Stroke Honor Roll Gold Plus Quality Achievement Award

American Heart Association Award recognizes EvergreenHealth Monroe’s commitment to quality stroke care

Monroe, Wash. - EvergreenHealth Monroe recently received the American Stroke Association’s Get With The Guidelines® Target - Stroke Honor Roll Gold Plus Quality Achievement Award. 

The award recognizes EvergreenHealth Monroe’s commitment to ensuring stroke patients receive the most appropriate treatment according to nationally recognized, research-based guidelines based on the latest scientific evidence.

To earn Honor Roll Gold Plus status within the Get with the Guidelines program, EvergreenHealth Monroe’s stroke program met specific quality achievement measures for the diagnosis and treatment of stroke patients for two consecutive years. The benchmark measures include evaluation of the proper use of medications and other stroke treatments aligned with the most up-to-date, evidence-based guidelines with the goal of expediting recovery and reducing the risk of death and disability for stroke patients.

“We are proud to earn this distinction at EvergreenHealth Monroe, which further demonstrates our dedication to providing the highest quality of care for our stroke patients,” said Interim Chief Administrative Officer Lisa LaPlante. “Providing stroke patients with timely, evidenced-based care is imperative for the best outcomes for our patients, and we are honored to be recognized for our team’s expertise and diligence.”

EvergreenHealth Monroe also received the association’s Target: StrokeSM Honor Roll award. To qualify for this recognition, 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, tPA, the only drug approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration to treat ischemic stroke.

“We are pleased to recognize EvergreenHealth Monroe for their commitment to stroke care,” said Lee H. Schwamm, M.D., national chairperson of the Quality Oversight Committee and Executive Vice Chair of Neurology, Director of Acute Stroke Services, Massachusetts General Hospital, Boston, Massachusetts. “Research has shown that hospitals adhering to clinical measures through the Get With The Guidelines quality improvement initiative can often see fewer readmissions and lower mortality rates.”

According to the American Stroke Association, stroke is the fifth cause of death and a leading cause of adult disability in the United States. On average, someone in the U.S. suffers a stroke every 40 seconds and nearly 795,000 people suffer a new or recurrent stroke each year.

About EvergreenHealth

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 12 primary care practices, six urgent care centers, more than two dozen specialty care practices, extensive home care and hospice services, 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 407 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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Kayse Dahl
EvergreenHealth
425.899.1855
KLDahl@evergreenhealthcare.org

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Firmani + Associates Inc.
206.466.2702
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EvergreenHealth
(425) 899-1855
KLDahl@evergreenhealthcare.org