St. Anthony’s has earned the American Heart Association/American Stroke Association’s Get With The Guidelines®-Stroke Gold Plus Achievement Award with Target: StrokeSM 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 significantly reduce 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. This recognition further demonstrates our commitment to delivering advanced stroke treatments to patients quickly and safely,” said Elizabeth Schelp, RN, Stroke Program Manager. “St. Anthony’s continues to strive for excellence in the acute treatment of stroke patients. The recognition from the American Heart Association/American Stroke Association’s Get With The Guidelines-Stroke 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.
“Research has shown there are benefits to patients who are treated at hospitals that have adopted the Get With The Guidelines program,” said Paul Heidenreich, MD, MS, national chairman of the Get With The Guidelines Steering Committee and Professor of Medicine at Stanford University.
Congratulations to Danielle Falls, CNA, Medical Stepdown, who has been selected as this month’s Daffodil Award winner. A patient nominated Danielle for her care and compassion:
“Danielle was my angel sent from heaven. She preserved my dignity in trying times, foresaw my needs and accommodated me without hesitation, cheerful and smiling all the time, giving back hope when I lost mine. She has a way about her that gives encouragement and peace of mind when most needed, a vital asset in the health care field.”
Congratulations to Wayne Fritts, Building Services, who will retire after 33 years of service to St. Anthony’s, working the midnight shift as a Maintenance Mechanic. Wayne said he is proud to have worked with so many great employees at St. Anthony’s over the years, and to have helped touch the lives of many patients. Wayne and his wife will retire to South Carolina to be near family and to take advantage of Wayne’s passion for antiques and history.
Congratulations to Patty Conway, RN in Float Pool, who is retiring after 40 years of dedicated service to St. Anthony’s. Patty plans to spend her time with her children and grandchildren and travel, relax at the lake with her husband, and attend swing dancing trips with her husband and friends. A retirement celebration is planned from 3 to 5 p.m. Wednesday, May 24 in the cafeteria atrium.
Do you know of family members and friends who are looking for a job in the health care industry? St. Anthony’s Employee Referral Bonus Program offers an opportunity to earn extra cash, while at the same time contributing to quality and compassionate care.
Referral payouts are available for three tiers of hard-to-recruit positions. They include:
Tier I – Experienced Professional Clinical Staff (more than one year of experience): Cardiac Ultrasonographer, Medical Tech/Medical Lab Tech, CT Tech, MRI Tech, Cytotechnologist, Staff RN (job title) or RN First Assistant, Histology Tech, Registered Respiratory Therapist (RRT)
Referral payout for Tier I: full-time, $3,000; benefit-eligible part-time, $1,500 (new hire must have at least one year of related work experience).
Tier II – Professional Clinical Staff (less than one year of experience): Cardiac Ultrasonographer, Medical Tech/Medical Lab Tech, CT Tech, MRI Tech, Cytotechnologist, Staff RN (job title) or RN First Assistant, Histology Tech, Registered Respiratory Therapist (RRT)
Referral payout for Tier II: full-time, $1,500; benefit-eligible part-time, $750 (new hire with less than one year of related work experience).
Tier III – Patient Support Positions: Lab Support Tech, Patient Care Tech, Medical Assistant (MA)/Receptionist, Urgent Care Tech
Referral payout for Tier III: full-time, $500; benefit-eligible part-time, $250.
For new employees with a start date of March 1, 2017 and beyond. For more information, please contact the Employment Department at (314) 525-4339.