Recognition and Awards

International Stroke Conference

The St. John Heyman Stroke Center was recognized as the top stroke care provider in eastern Oklahoma at the 2017 International Stroke Conference. St. John was part of a nationally elite group to receive the most prestigious accolades from the American Heart Association/American Stroke Association and The Joint Commission: the Target: Stroke Honor Roll Elite Plus, Get With The Guidelines® Gold Plus Award and comprehensive stroke center certification.

The new Elite Plus level of the Target: Stroke Honor Roll is reserved for hospitals with door-to-treatment times within 60 minutes for at least 75 percent of applicable patients and within 45 minutes for at least 50 percent of applicable patients — the most rigorous standards in stroke treatment. The News On 6 highlighted the importance of stroke treatment time with a recent patient's story:


Certified Comprehensive Stroke Center

The St. John Heyman Stroke Center is the first Joint Commission-certified comprehensive stroke center (CSC) in eastern Oklahoma. CSC certification recognizes hospitals that have state-of-the-art infrastructure, staff and training to treat patients with the most complex strokes. CSCs are recognized as industry leaders and are responsible for setting the national agenda in highly specialized stroke care.

Quality Achievement Awards

The St. John Heyman Stroke Center consistently receives highest honors from the American Heart Association/American Stroke Association with the Get With The Guidelines® Gold Plus Award, which recognizes consistently high adherence to core treatment guidelines, and the Target: Stroke Honor Roll Elite Plus for door-to-treatment times well below the national average. The stroke team has earned the annual Gold Plus Award for five consecutive years and has been on the Target: Stroke Honor Roll for four consecutive years.

AHA/ASA's Get With The Guidelines Stroke program helps medical teams utilize the most up-to-date, research-based protocols and best practices. St. John earned the Gold Plus Award by meeting specific quality-achievement measures for the diagnosis and treatment of stroke patients at a set level for a designated period. The measures include aggressive use of medications and risk-reduction therapies designed to reduce disability and death. The program also helps teams implement prevention measures, such as educating patients and families on how to manage risk factors, recognize warning signs and take medication properly. Click here to view the Stroke Gold Plus- Target: Stroke Elite award from the American Heart Association/American Stroke Association.

The Target: Stroke Honor Roll honors hospitals that meet measures to reduce the time between hospital arrival and treatment with the "clot-buster" tPA (tissue plasminogen activator), the only drug approved by the U.S. Food & Drug Administration to treat ischemic strokes. People who suffer a stroke and receive the drug within three hours of the onset of symptoms may recover quicker and are less likely to suffer severe disability.

Power Award

Daryl Thompson, M.D., co-medical director of the St. John Heyman Stroke Center, received a national Power Award from the American Heart Association/American Stroke Association for his community outreach efforts in stroke prevention and education. Dr. Thompson received the award at the 2011 National Power Awards ceremony in New York. The ceremony honors African American leaders for their roles in providing stroke prevention awareness in the community.

Dr. Thompson has served as a Tulsa-area Power to End Stroke ambassador since he joined St. John in 2010. He spoke to more than 3,000 people at the Most Powerful Voices Gospel Concert the same year about the power of stroke prevention, as well as the risks and warning signs of stroke.

Power to End Stroke Award

Anna Wanahita, M.D., co-medical director of the St. John Heyman Stroke Center, received a national Power to End Stroke award at the 2010 American Heart Association/American Stroke Association Power Awards at the Apollo Theater in New York. Dr. Wanahita was honored for her efforts as a PTES ambassador, raising stroke awareness throughout the communities served by St. John. She was one of only 11 recipients nationwide. The PTES program was created to reduce stroke and risk of stroke and raise critical awareness within the African American population.