On June 11, 2018, the Adventist Health and Rideout Hospital Stroke Program
will be awarded the American Heart Association/American Stroke Association’s
Get With The Guidelines® - Stroke Gold Plus Quality Achievement Award
and recognition for the Target: Stroke Elite Plus Honor Roll at a ceremony
indoors at the Rideout Hospital Café.
Adventist Health and Rideout Hospital earned the award by meeting 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 should also receive education on managing their
health, get a follow-up visit scheduled, as well as other care transition
Adventist Health and Rideout Hospital is dedicated to improving the quality
of care for our stroke patients by implementing the American Heart Association’s
Get With The Guidelines-Stroke initiative,” said Caezar Jara, Jr.
Stroke Program Coordinator. “The tools and resources provided help
us track and measure our success in meeting evidenced-based clinical guidelines
developed to improve patient outcomes.”
The Adventist Health and Rideout Hospital Stroke Program also received
the association’s Target: Stroke Elite Plus award. To qualify for
this recognition, 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, ortPA, the only drug approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration to treat
“We are pleased to recognize the Adventist Health and Rideout Hospital
Stroke Program for their commitment to stroke care,” said
Eric E. Smith, M.D., national chairman of the Get With The Guidelines Steering
Committee and an associate professor of neurology at the University of
Calgary in Alberta, Canada. “Research has shown that hospitals adhering to clinical measures
through the Get With The Guidelines quality improvement initiative can
often see fewer readmissions and lower mortality rates.”
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 and nearly 795,000 people suffer a new or recurrent stroke
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Stroke is a disease that affects the arteries leading to and within the
brain. It is the number 5 cause of death and a leading cause of disability
in the U.S.
A stroke occurs when a blood vessel that carries oxygen and nutrients to
the brain is either blocked by a clot or bursts (or ruptures). When that
happens, part of the brain cannot get the blood (and oxygen) it needs,
so it and the brain cells die.
Quick stroke treatment can save lives. If you or someone is having a stroke,
immediate medical attention is critical. Immediate treatment may minimize
the long-term effects of a stroke and even prevent death. Thanks to recent
medical advances, stroke treatments and survival rates have improved greatly
over the last decade.
The American Heart Association/American Stroke Association and the Rideout
Stroke Program team offers the following formula for recognizing the warning
signs of a stroke.
Use the letters in “FAST” to spot stroke signs and know when
to call 9-1-1.
F: Face Drooping. Does one side of the face droop or is it numb? Ask the
person to smile. Is the person’s smile uneven or lopsided?
A: Arm Weakness. Is one arm weak or numb? Ask the person to raise both
arms. Does one arm drift downwards?
S: Speech Difficulty. Is speech slurred? Is the person unable to speak
or hard to understand? Ask the person to repeat a simple sentence, like
“The sky is blue.” If the person able to correctly repeat
T. Time to Call 9-1-1. If someone shows any of these symptoms go away,
call 9-1-1 and say, “I think this is a stroke” to help get
the person to the hospital immediately. Time is important! Don’t
delay, and also note the time when the first symptoms appeared. Emergency
responders will want to know.
If someone shows any of these symptoms, call 9-1-1 immediately.
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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 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
* Photo opportunities are available at the award ceremony on June 11.