Stroke Center Receives Gold Plus Performance Achievement Award


The St. John Stroke Center has received the Get With The Guidelines-Stroke Gold Plus Performance and Quality Achievement Award for the second consecutive year from the American Stroke Association. The Gold Plus award recognizes St. John’s commitment to implementing a higher standard of stroke care by ensuring that stroke patients receive treatment according to nationally accepted standards and recommendations.

The award was accepted by St. John Stroke Center’s Co-Medical Director, Anna Wanahita, M.D. and several members of the stroke team at the recent International Stroke Conference in New Orleans.

The Get With The Guidelines-Stroke program was built to ensure that patients hospitalized with stroke were treated according to the latest evidence-based guidelines to reduce hospital complications and optimize stroke risk factor reduction. The performances measured include appropriate use of medications, such as intravenous tissue type plasminogen activator (IV tPA), anticoagulation therapy, deep venous thrombosis prophylaxis, cholesterol-reducing drugs and smoking cessation, all aimed at reducing death and disability and improving the lives of stroke patients.

The Gold Plus Performance Award recognizes 85 percent or higher adherence to the Get With The Guidelines program requirements for two or more consecutive 12-month intervals, as well as 75% or higher compliance with 6 of 10 Get With The Guidelines Stroke Quality Measures which improve quality of patient care and outcomes.

“This award recognizes the St. John Stroke Center’s ongoing commitment to meeting national standards and reducing the risk of death and disability for our stroke patients,” said Dr.  Wanahita. 

As a part of the Get With The Guidelines program, patients are provided with individualized education, tailored to their unique risk profiles. The combination of these quality components improves recovery of the stroke patient, reduces their in-hospital complications and decreases the secondary risk of a repeat event.

According to the American Heart Association and American Stroke Association, stroke is the fourth leading cause of death in the United States and a leading cause of serious, long-term disability. On average, someone suffers a stroke every 45 seconds, someone dies of a stroke every three minutes, and 795,000 people suffer a new or recurrent stroke each year. For more information on the American Heart Association and American Stroke Association’s Get With The Guidelines program, visit

The St. John Stroke Center was also named to the American Heart Association and American Stroke Association’s Target Stroke honor roll, recognizing consistent door-to-needle (DTN) times of 60 minutes or less for IV tPA treatment. Rapid treatment improves patient outcomes by saving brain cells. The American Stroke Association estimates that one minute of brain ischemia can kill two million nerve cells and 14 billion synapses.

About St. John Stroke Center
The St. John Stroke Center is the first and only stroke center certified by The Joint Commission in northeast Oklahoma. The St. John Stroke Center is dedicated to providing comprehensive management of stroke, which includes acute treatment, determining the cause, secondary prevention, and education for stroke patients, as well as continued support for their families.

About St. John Health System
St. John Health System is an 85-year-old, not-for-profit Catholic healthcare system founded by the Sisters of the Sorrowful Mother. St John Health System operates hospitals in Tulsa, Owasso, Sapulpa, Broken Arrow and Bartlesville. Other subsidiaries of St. John Health System include OMNI Medical Group and Family Medical Care primary care physician groups, St. John Physicians, Inc. a multi-specialty group physician practice; St. John Urgent Care Centers, St. John Villas Senior Living Centers and medical complexes in South Tulsa and Claremore.

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