AUSTIN, TEXAS—Four St. David’s HealthCare facilities—St. David’s Medical Center, St. David’s Round Rock Medical Center, St. David’s South Austin Medical Center and St. David’s Georgetown Hospital—have received the American Heart Association and American Stroke Association’s Get With The Guidelines®-Stroke Gold Plus Quality Achievement Award. The award recognizes a hospital’s commitment to—and success in—ensuring stroke patients receive the most appropriate treatment according to nationally recognized, research-based guidelines.
To receive the Gold Plus Quality Achievement Award, hospitals must meet specific quality achievement measures for the diagnosis and treatment of stroke patients at a set level for a designated period. These measures include evaluation of the proper use of medications and other stroke treatments aligned with the most up-to-date, evidence-based guidelines with the goal of speeding recovery and reducing death and disability for stroke patients. Before discharge, patients must also receive education on managing their health and get a follow-up visit scheduled, as well as other care transition interventions.
In addition to receiving the Get With The Guidelines-Stroke Gold Plus Quality Achievement Award, St. David’s Medical Center earned the Get With The Guidelines Target: StrokeSM Elite Plus Honor Roll award; St. David’s Round Rock Medical Center earned the Target: StrokeSM Elite Honor Roll award; St. David’s South Austin Medical Center earned the Target: StrokeSM Honor Roll award; and St. David’s Georgetown Hospital earned the Target: StrokeSM Honor Roll award. To qualify for the Target: StrokeSM recognition, hospitals must meet quality measures developed to reduce the time between the patient’s arrival at the hospital and treatment with the clot-busting tissue plasminogen activator, or tPA, the only drug approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration to treat ischemic stroke.
According to the American Heart Association and the American Stroke Association, stroke is the fifth leading cause of death and a leading cause of adult disability in the United States. On average, someone in the U.S. suffers a stroke every 40 seconds, and nearly 795,000 people suffer a new or recurrent stroke each year.
St. David’s HealthCare
With more than 117 sites across Central Texas, St. David’s HealthCare includes seven of the area’s leading hospitals and is one of the largest health systems in Texas. The organization has been recognized with a Malcolm Baldrige National Quality Award—the nation’s highest presidential honor for performance excellence. St. David’s HealthCare is the third-largest private employer in the Austin area, with more than 10,200 employees.
St. David’s HealthCare is a unique partnership between a hospital management company and two local non-profits—St. David’s Foundation and Georgetown Health Foundation. The proceeds from the operations of the hospitals fund the foundations, which, in turn, invest those dollars back into the community. Since the inception of St. David’s HealthCare in 1996, more than $425 million has been given back to the community to improve the health and healthcare of Central Texans.
Get With The Guidelines®
Get With The Guidelines® is the American Heart Association/American Stroke Association’s hospital-based quality improvement program that provides hospitals with tools and resources to increase adherence to the latest research-based guidelines. Developed with the goal of saving lives and hastening recovery, Get With The Guidelines has touched the lives of more than 6 million patients since 2001. For more information, visit Heart.org.