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SVMHS Receives Get With The Guidelines-Silver Quality Achievement Award

SALINAS, CA, May 8, 2013- Salinas Valley Memorial Healthcare System (SVMHS)  has received the American Heart Association/American Stroke Association’s Get With The Guidelines®–Stroke Silver Quality Achievement Award. The award recognizes SVMHS’s commitment and success in implementing a higher standard of stroke care.

“With a stroke, time lost is brain lost, and the Get With The Guidelines–Stroke Silver Quality Achievement Award addresses the important element of time,” said Lancelot Alexander, MD, medical director of Salinas Valley Memorial’s Stroke Center. 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 Silver Quality Achievement Award, SVMHS consistently 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 Stroke Association commends Salinas Valley Memorial Healthcare System for its success in implementing these standards of care and protocols,” said Lee H. Schwamm, M.D., chair of the Get With The Guidelines National Steering Committee and director of the TeleStroke and Acute Stroke Services at Massachusetts General Hospital in Boston. “The full implementation of acute care and secondary prevention recommendations and guidelines is a critical step in saving lives and improving outcomes of stroke patients.”

Salinas Valley Memorial Healthcare System has earned special Advanced Certification from the Joint Commission as a Primary Stroke Center and is a Stroke Receiving Center for Monterey County.


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