Gold Plus Awards for Quality Stroke Care at Providence Hospitals in San Pedro and Burbank

May 11, 2016

Noting top quality care for stroke patients, Providence Little Company of Mary Medical Center San Pedro has received the American Heart Association/American Stroke Association’s Get With The Guidelines-Stroke Gold Plus Quality Achievement Award for the seventh straight year.

Providence Saint Joseph Medical Center in Burbank, the hub of a stroke telemedicine program, also earned the Gold Plus rating – for the second consecutive year.  Both hospitals were named to the associations’ Honor Roll, with Providence Saint Joseph added to the Elite Honor Roll.

The award recognizes the two hospitals’ commitment and success in implementing excellent care for stroke patients by ensuring that their stroke patients receive treatment that meets nationally accepted, evidence-based standards and recommendations, according to the guidelines.

In April, the Heart Association release the results of a study that showed stroke patients treated at hospitals participating in the national Get With The Guidelines – Stroke program were more likely to be discharged home and less likely to die after discharge than patients in non-participating hospital.

To receive the awards, the two Providence hospitals achieved 85 percent or higher adherence to all Get With The Guidelines-Stroke Quality Achievement indicators for two or more consecutive 12-month intervals and achieved 75 percent or higher compliance with six of 10 Get With The Guidelines-Stroke Quality Measures, which are reporting initiatives to measure quality of care. 

These measures include aggressive use of medications, such as tPA, antithrombotics, anticoagulation therapy, DVT prophylaxis, cholesterol reducing drugs and smoking cessation, all aimed at reducing death and disability and improving the lives of stroke patients.

“Get With The Guidelines –Stroke uses the “teachable moment,” the time soon after a patient has had a stroke, when they are most likely to listen to and follow their healthcare professionals’ guidance.  Studies demonstrate that patients who are taught how to manage their risk factors while still in the hospital reduce their risks of a second heart attack or stroke.     

Primary Stroke Center Certification recognizes hospitals that meet standards to support better outcomes for stroke care. Eligibility standards include:

  • a dedicated stroke-focused program
  • staffing by qualified medical professionals trained in stroke care
  • individualized care to meet stroke patients’ needs
  • patient involvement in their hospital care
  • coordination of post-discharge patient self-care based on recommendations of the Brain Attack Coalition and guidelines published by the American Heart Association/American Stroke Association or equivalent guidelines
  • streamlined flow of patient information while protecting patient rights, security and privacy
  • collection of the hospital’s stroke-treatment performance data
  • hospital team performance data
  • use of data to assess and continually improve quality of care for stroke patients

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About Get With The Guidelines
Get With The Guidelines® is the American Heart Association/American Stroke Association’s hospital-based quality improvement program that empowers healthcare teams to save lives and reduce healthcare costs by helping hospitals follow evidence-based guidelines and recommendations.  For more information, visit