OSF St. Joseph Medical Center is honored to receive the American Heart Association/American Stroke Association’s Get With the Guidelines®-Stroke Gold Plus Quality Achievement Award. The award recognizes the hospital’s commitment and success in ensuring stroke patients receive the most appropriate treatment, according to nationally recognized, research-based guidelines.
OSF St. Joseph earned the award by meeting specific quality achievement measures that help hospital teams provide the most up-to-date, evidence-based guidelines, with the goal of speeding recovery and reducing death and disability for stroke patients.
“With a stroke, time lost is brain lost, and this award demonstrates our commitment to ensuring patients receive care based on nationally-respected clinical guidelines,” said Chad Boore, OSF St. Joseph Medical Center President. “OSF St. Joseph is dedicated to improving the quality of stroke care and ‘Get With The Guidelines’ helps us achieve that goal.”
To receive the Gold Plus Award, hospitals must adhere to 85 percent of all Get With The Guidelines-Stroke achievement indicators for two or more consecutive years, and prove 75 percent compliance with five of eight Get With The Guidelines-Stroke Quality measures.
OSF St. Joseph is also the only Joint Commission Certified Primary Stroke Center in McLean County. Certified Primary Stroke Centers feature a comprehensive system for rapid diagnosis and treatment of stroke patients.
According to the American Heart Association/American Stroke Association, stroke is the number five cause of death and a leading cause of adult disability in the United States. On average, someone suffers a stroke every 40 seconds; someone dies of a stroke every four minutes; and 795,000 people suffer a new or recurrent stroke each year.