Saint Elizabeth Recognized for Commitment to Quality Care for Stroke Patients

Saint Elizabeth has received the American Heart Association/American Stroke Association’s Get With The Guidelines®-Stroke Gold Plus Quality Achievement Award. In addition, they are the only hospital in the state to be recognized as a recipient of the association’s Target: Stroke Honor Roll. Both awards demonstrate the ability of the Saint Elizabeth team to be ready at any time to treat stroke patients as quickly as possible.

It is estimated that nearly 800,000 people will suffer a new or recurrent stroke this year. “With a stroke, time lost is brain lost. The Stroke Gold Plus award demonstrates the commitment Saint Elizabeth has to being one of the top hospitals in the country for providing aggressive, proven stroke care,” says Libby Raetz, Vice President, Nursing and CNO.

To receive the Stroke Gold Plus award, Saint Elizabeth achieved 85 percent or higher adherence to all Get With The Guidelines-Stroke Quality Achievement indicators for 2 or more consecutive 12-month intervals. Saint Elizabeth also achieved 75 percent or higher compliance with 6 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 antithrombotics, anticoagulation therapy, deep vein thrombosis prophylaxis, cholesterol-reducing drugs and smoking cessation, all aimed at reducing death and disability and improving the lives of stroke patients. 

The prestigious Target: Stroke Honor Roll award demonstrates their ability to provide stroke patients with tPA within 60 minutes of arriving at the hospital. tPA is a drug which has been proven to significantly reverse the effects of a stroke and reduce permanent disability. Over the past quarter, at least 50 percent of Saint Elizabeth eligible ischemic stroke patients received tissue plasminogen activator, or tPA, within 60 minutes of arriving at the hospital (known as ‘door-to-needle’ time).

“Saint Elizabeth has worked extremely hard to decrease the amount of time that it takes for eligible stroke patients to receive tPA. It is truly a team effort,” shares Beth Malina, Stroke Program Coordinator. “Receiving this award is very gratifying. We are improving outcomes for stroke patients and making a difference in their lives.”