St. Joseph Medical Center has earned the American Heart Association/American
Stroke Association’s Get With The Guidelines®-Stroke Gold Plus
Quality Achievement Award with Target: Stroke Honor Roll. 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.
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 receive the Gold Plus
Quality Achievement Award.
To qualify for the Target: Stroke Honor Roll, 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. 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.