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American Stroke Association honors St. Anthony’s with Gold Plus Award for stroke care

Media Contact Joe Poelker
Release Date: 05/18/2017 By St. Anthony's Medical Center

2017 Get with the Guidelines-Stroke Gold Plus

The American Heart Association/American Stroke Association is honoring St. Anthony’s Medical Center with its 2017 Get With The Guidelines–Stroke Gold Plus Achievement Award with Target: Stroke Honor Roll Elite Plus. The award recognizes the hospital’s commitment to providing the most appropriate stroke treatment, according to nationally recognized, research-based guidelines based on the latest scientific evidence.
To receive the Gold Plus Quality Achievement Award, hospitals must achieve 85 percent or higher adherence to all Get With The Guidelines-Stroke achievement indicators for two or more consecutive 12-month periods and achieve 75 percent or higher compliance with five of eight Get With The Guidelines-Stroke Quality measures.
To qualify for the Target: Stroke Honor Roll Elite Plus, 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, or tPA, the only drug approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration to treat ischemic stroke. If given intravenously in the first three hours after the start of stroke symptoms, tPA has been shown to reduce significantly the effects of stroke and lessen the chance of permanent disability.
St. Anthony’s earned the award by meeting specific quality achievement measures for the diagnosis and treatment of stroke patients at a set level for a designated period.
These quality measures are designed to help hospital teams follow the most up-to-date, evidence-based guidelines with the goal of speeding recovery and reducing death and disability for stroke patients.
“A stroke patient loses 1.9 million neurons each minute stroke treatment is delayed,” said Elizabeth Schelp, RN, Stroke Program Manager. “This recognition further demonstrates our commitment to delivering advanced stroke treatments to patients quickly and safely. St. Anthony’s continues to strive for excellence in the acute treatment of stroke patients. The recognition further reinforces our team’s hard work.”
St. Anthony’s is certified by the state of Missouri as a Level One Stroke Center, the highest level of stroke care available. It is one of a few certified hospitals in the St. Louis region and the southernmost hospital in the metro area to receive the certification.