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June 21, 2017
American Heart Association and American Stroke Association Recognize CHI Franciscan Health for Outstanding Stroke Care
Tacoma, Washington - CHI Franciscan Health, a premier health care provider in the Pacific Northwest, is pleased to announce that three of its hospitals have been awarded American Heart Association/American Stroke Association's Get With The Guidelines® achievement awards for their outstanding stroke care. Harrison Medical Center, St. Joseph Medical Center and Highline Medical Center were recognized for their commitment and success ensuring that stroke patients receive the most appropriate treatment according to nationally recognized, research-based guidelines based on the latest scientific evidence.
“CHI Franciscan Health is thrilled that the American Heart Association and the American Stroke Association have recognized three of our medical centers for their commitment to high-quality stroke care,” said Kim Moore, MD, vice president of quality and associate chief medical officer, CHI Franciscan Health. “I am so proud of our teams at Harrison, Highline and St. Joseph for their hard work and dedication to enhance care for our stroke patients. These awards support our overall mission to build healthier communities across our region by providing world-class health care.”
Three CHI Franciscan Health medical centers received the American Heart Association/American Stroke Association's Get With The Guidelines® achievement awards:
- Harrison Medical Center: Get With The Guidelines® – Stroke Gold Plus Quality Achievement Award with Target: Stroke Honor Roll-Elite
- St. Joseph Medical Center: Get With The Guidelines® – Stroke Gold Plus Quality Achievement Award with Target: Stroke Honor Roll
- Highline Medical Center: Get With The Guidelines® – Stroke Silver Plus Quality Achievement Award with Target: Stroke Honor Roll
To receive the Stroke Plus Gold Quality Achievement Award, hospitals must achieve 85 percent or higher adherence to all Get With The Guidelines-Stroke achievement indicators for two or more consecutive 12-month periods and achieve 75 percent or higher compliance with five of eight Get With The Guidelines-Stroke Quality measures. To receive the Silver Plus Quality Achievement Award, hospitals must adhere to the above criteria for at least 12 consecutive months.
To qualify for the Target: Stroke Honor Roll-Elite and Target: Stroke Honor Roll, hospitals must meet quality measures developed to reduce the time between the patient’s arrival at the hospital and treatment with the clot-buster tissue plasminogen activator, or tPA, the only drug approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration to treat ischemic stroke. If given intravenously in the first three hours after the start of stroke symptoms, tPA has been shown to significantly reduce the effects of stroke and lessen the chance of permanent disability. Harrison Medical Center, St. Joseph Medical Center and Highline Medical Center earned these awards by meeting specific quality achievement measures for the diagnosis and treatment of stroke patients at a set level for a designated period.
These quality measures are designed to help hospital teams follow the most up-to-date, evidence-based guidelines with the goal of speeding recovery and reducing death and disability for stroke patients.
“A stroke can be a life altering diagnosis for patients and families, but with earlier recognition and comprehensive treatment, outcomes can be optimized. This award further demonstrates our commitment to delivering advanced stroke treatments to patients quickly and safely,” said Kim Moore, MD. “Harrison, St. Joseph and Highline Medical Centers continue to strive for excellence in the acute treatment of stroke patients. The recognition from the American Heart Association/American Stroke Association’s Get With The Guidelines further reinforces our teams’ hard work.”
Get With The Guidelines®-S puts the expertise of the American Heart Association and American Stroke Association to work for hospitals nationwide, helping hospital care teams ensure the care provided to patients is aligned with the latest research-based guidelines. Developed with the goal to save lives and improve recovery time, Get With The Guidelines®-S has impacted more than 3 million patients since 2003.
“The American Heart Association and American Stroke Association recognize Harrison Medical Center, St. Joseph Medical Center and Highline Medical Center for their commitment to stroke care,” said Paul Heidenreich, M.D., M.S., national chairman of the Get With The Guidelines Steering Committee and Professor of Medicine at Stanford University. “Research has shown there are benefits to patients who are treated at hospitals that have adopted the Get With The Guidelines program.”
According to the American Heart Association/American Stroke Association, stroke is the No. 5 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, someone dies of a stroke every four minutes, and nearly 800,000 people suffer a new or recurrent stroke each year.
CHI Franciscan Health
CHI Franciscan Health is a nonprofit health system based in Tacoma, Washington with $2.6 billion in net revenue and a team of nearly 12,000 doctors, nurses and staff that provide expert, compassionate medical care at eight acute care hospitals and approximately 200 primary and specialty care clinics in Pierce, King and Kitsap counties. This includes St. Anthony Hospital, Gig Harbor; St. Clare Hospital, Lakewood; St. Elizabeth Hospital, Enumclaw; St. Francis Hospital, Federal Way; St. Joseph Medical Center, Tacoma; Harrison Medical Center, Bremerton and Silverdale; Highline Medical Center, Burien; and Regional Hospital, Burien. Started in 1891 by the Sisters of St. Francis of Philadelphia, today CHI Franciscan Health is one of the largest health systems in Washington state. The system spans more than 1,100 acute care beds, a credentialed medical staff of more than 1,500 including more than 800 employed physicians providing specialties in cardiovascular care, cancer care, orthopedics and sports medicine, neurosciences and women’s care. CHI Franciscan’s mission focuses on creating healthier communities, including caring for the poor and underserved. In 2015, the organization provided $141 million in community benefit, including $10 million in charity care.