Five Sutter Health Hospitals Honored with Quality Achievement Award for Stroke Care

Posted on May 28, 2014 in Quality

Get With the Guidelines Gold Plus logo.Five Sutter Health network hospitals in Northern California received the Get With The Guidelines®-Stroke Gold-Plus Quality Achievement Award for implementing specific quality improvement measures outlined by the American Heart Association/American Stroke Association for the treatment of stroke patients. Sutter Medical Center, Sacramento, Mills-Peninsula Health Services in San Mateo and Eden Medical Center in Castro Valley received the award this spring, while Alta Bates Summit Medical Center in Oakland and California Pacific Medical Center in San Francisco received the recognition last fall.

Get With The Guidelines-Stroke helps hospital teams provide the most up-to-date, research-based guidelines with the goal of speeding recovery and reducing death and disability for stroke patients. The five Sutter Health affiliates earned the award by meeting specific quality achievement measures for the rapid diagnosis and treatment of stroke patients at a set level for a designated period.  These measures include aggressive use of medications and risk-reduction therapies aimed at reducing death and disability and improving the lives of stroke patients.

“We are pleased to recognize Eden Medical Center, Sutter Medical Center, Sacramento and Mills-Peninsula Health Services for their commitment and dedication to stroke care,” said Deepak L. Bhatt, M.D., M.P.H., national chairman of the Get With The Guidelines steering committee and Executive Director of Interventional Cardiovascular Programs at Brigham and Women’s Hospital and Professor of Medicine at Harvard Medical School. “Studies have shown that hospitals that consistently follow Get With The Guidelines quality improvement measures can reduce patients’ length of stays and 30-day readmission rates and reduce disparity gaps in care.”

Get With The Guidelines–Stroke also helps staff implement prevention measures, which include educating stroke patients to manage their risk factors and to be aware of warning signs for stroke, and ensuring they take their medications properly. Hospitals can make customized patient education materials available upon discharge, based on the patients’ individual risk profiles. The take-away materials are written in an easy-to-understand format in either English or Spanish.

According to the American Heart Association/American Stroke Association, stroke is the number four cause of death and a leading cause of adult 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.

In addition, Eden Medical Center, Mills-Peninsula Health Services and Alta Bates Summit Medical Center, received the AHA/ASA Target Stroke recognition for efforts in reducing IV rtPA door-to-needle (DTN) times to 60 minutes or less in at least 50 percent of eligible patients.

About Get With The Guidelines

Get With The Guidelines® is the American Heart Association/American Stroke Association’s hospital-based quality improvement program that provides hospitals with the latest research-based guidelines.  Developed with the goal of saving lives and hastening recovery, Get With The Guidelines has touched the lives of more than 4 million patients since 2001. For more information, visit or

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