For Immediate Release
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SVMHS receives Get With The Guidelines-Gold Plus Achievement Award
SALINAS, CA, June 10, 2014- Salinas Valley Memorial Healthcare System (SVMHS) has received the American Heart Association/American Stroke Association’s Get With The Guidelines®–Stroke Gold Plus Achievement Award. The award recognizes SVMHS’s commitment and success in implementing a higher standard of care for stroke patients.
“With a stroke, time lost is brain lost, and the Get With The Guidelines–Stroke Gold Plus Achievement Award recognizes the team effort at Salinas Valley Memorial and our commitment to being one of the top hospitals in the country providing aggressive, proven stroke care.” said Pete Delgado, president/CEO of Salinas Valley Memorial Healthcare System. “I am proud of the work we have done, and will continue to do, to treat stroke patients effectively and efficiently using evidence based protocols.”
SVMHS has developed a comprehensive system for rapid diagnosis and treatment of stroke patients admitted to the emergency department. This includes always being equipped to provide brain imaging scans, having neurologists available to conduct patient evaluations and using clot-busting medications when appropriate.
To receive the Get With The Guidelines-Stroke Gold Plus Achievement Award, SVMHSconsistently complied with program requirements, which include aggressive use of medications such as antithrombotics, anticoagulation therapy, deep vein thrombosis prophylaxis, cholesterol reducing drugs and smoking cessation.
The American Heart Association and American Stroke Association recognize hospitals with the Gold Plus Achievement Award when they have achieved 85% or higher adherence to all Get With The Guidelines® Stroke Achievement indicators for two or more consecutive 12 month intervals and at least 12 consecutive months of 75% or higher compliance with 5 ore more Get With The Guidelines® Stroke Quality measures to improve quality of patient care and outcomes.
According to the American Heart Association/American Stroke Association, stroke is the fourth leading cause of death and the leading cause of long-term 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.
Salinas Valley Memorial Healthcare System has also earned special Advanced Certification from the Joint Commission as a Primary Stroke Center and is a Stroke Receiving Center for Monterey County.