SALINAS, CA, June 18, 2018- Salinas Valley Memorial Healthcare System (SVMHS) has received the American
Heart Association/American Stroke Association’s Get With The Guidelines®- Stroke Gold Plus Quality Achievement Award. This prestigious award recognizes
the Healthcare System’s commitment to providing stroke care by ensuring
that patients receive treatment that meets nationally recognized, research-based
guidelines on the latest scientific evidence.
“This award demonstrates our commitment to a high standard of care
to our patients,” says Pete Delgado, President/CEO of Salinas Valley
Memorial Healthcare System. “Every day we strive to provide the
highest quality and lifesaving care, and we are proud of this great accomplishment.”
Salinas Valley Memorial earned the award by meeting specific quality achievement
measures for the diagnosis and treatment of patients who suffer strokes
at a set level for a designated period.
These 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 speeding recovery, reducing death and disability
for patients who have suffered strokes.
SVMHS additionally received the association’s Target: Stroke 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 plasminogen activator,
the only drug approved by the Food and Drug Administration to treat ischemic
stroke. An ischemic stroke occurs as a result of an obstruction within
a blood vessel supplying blood to the brain.
“We are pleased to recognize Salinas Valley Memorial Healthcare System
for their commitment to stroke care,” says Eric E. Smith, MD, national
chairman of the Get With The Guidelines Steering Committee. “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 Heart Association/American Stroke Association,
stroke is the number 5 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