American Heart Association Award recognizes St. Mary’s Medical Center’s
commitment to quality stroke care
Blue Springs, Missouri, May 17, 2017 - St. Mary’s Medical Center received the American Heart Association/American
Stroke Association’s Get With The Guidelines®-Stroke Gold Plus Quality Achievement Award with Target: StrokeSM Honor Roll. The award recognizes the hospital’s commitment to providing
the most appropriate stroke treatment according to nationally recognized,
research-based guidelines based on the latest scientific evidence.
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 Gold Plus
Quality Achievement Award.
To qualify for the 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, ortPA, 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. St. Mary’s Medical
Center 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 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 patient loses 1.9 million neurons each minute stroke treatment
is delayed. This recognition further demonstrates our commitment to delivering
advanced stroke treatments to patients quickly and safely,” said
Barbara Miller, Stroke Coordinator, “St. Mary’s Medical Center
continues 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-Stroke further reinforces our team’s hard
St. Mary’s Medical Center has also been designated Stroke Center
Level II from the state of Missouri by demonstrating it provides definitive
care that offers stroke patients the best outcomes for survival and recovery.
To earn this designation, St. Mary’s met rigorous criteria in use
of the evidence-based guidelines for stroke care and treatment and physician
and staff education.
“The American Heart Association and American Stroke Association recognize
St. Mary’s Medical Center for its 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.”
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.
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.
About St. Mary’s Medical Center
St. Mary’s Medical Center is a faith-based, 146-bed hospital located
in Blue Springs, Missouri, providing a wide range of acute care and outpatient
services from a 24-hour Emergency Department to state-of-the-art cardiovascular
care. Key services include the St. Mary’s Heart Center, Stroke Center,
Breast Center, Wound Center, Joint and Spine Institute and Surgical Institutes
and Inpatient Rehabilitation Center. It is a member of Prime Healthcare,
an award-winning national hospital system with 44 acute-care hospitals
providing nearly 43,500 jobs in 14 states. For more information, visit
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