St. John Stroke Center Receives Third Consecutive Gold Plus Award

St. John Stroke Center receives third consecutive gold plus recognition from American Heart Association and American Stroke Association

December 19, 2012

St. John Medical Center's Stroke Center has received the American Heart Association and American Stroke Association's Get With The Guidelines – Stroke Gold Plus award for the third consecutive year.

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.

To achieve the Stroke Gold Plus award, St. John Stroke Center maintained an 85 percent or higher adherence to all Get With The Guidelines – Stroke Quality Achievement indicators for two or more consecutive 12-month intervals. It also maintained a 75 percent or higher compliance with six out of 10 Get With The Guidelines – Stroke Quality Measures, reporting initiatives to measure quality care. St. John has maintained quality achievement indicator scores for 36 consecutive months.

"The award is significant because it demonstrates our facility’s ongoing commitment to aggressive, timely, state-of-the-art stroke care,” said Anna Wanahita, MD, co-medical director of the St. John Stroke Center. “The program offers the best possible outcomes for stroke patients. Rapid response is key because time lost is brain lost."

The St. John Stroke Center was also named to the 2012 Target: Stroke Honor Roll from the American Heart Association and American Stroke Association. The honor roll is an award given to hospitals that achieve greater than 50 percent of the tPA cases completed from arrival to drug administration within the 60 minute recommended national standard.

St. John will be presented with their Gold Plus award at the International Stroke Conference in Honolulu on Feb 7, 2013.

About St. John Medical Center

Located in Tulsa, St. John Medical Center is a not-for-profit Catholic healthcare facility built upon a founding mission established by the Sisters of the Sorrowful Mother 85 years ago. St. John serves as an important safety net and community resource by providing tertiary and trauma services for northeastern Oklahoma and the surrounding region. St. John Medical Center offers a complete spectrum of medical and surgical services, including cardiovascular, stroke, cancer, surgical, maternity, diagnostic, gastroenterology, neurosurgical, orthopedic, rehabilitative and emergency care. St. John Medical Center was recently recognized as a top Oklahoma hospital by U.S. News and World Report, as well as a 2012 Consumer Choice Award Winner by the National Research Corporation.

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