St. Joseph Regional Honored with Stroke Care Award this Thursday

St. Joseph Regional Health Center has received the American Stroke Association’s (ASA) Get With The Guidelines®-Stroke Gold Plus Quality Achievement Award. This is currently the highest level of recognition the American Stroke Association designates and recognizes St. Joseph’s commitment and success in implementing excellent care for stoke patients according to evidence-based guidelines.

Join us in congratulating our stroke team during a brief presentation and reception Thursday, May 19, at noon in the tower lobby of St. Joseph Regional Health Center.

May is Stroke Awareness Month. Please consider incorporating this into any attention you may give to stroke awareness. Dr. Brad White, Medical Director of the St. Joseph Stroke Center, will be available for quick interviews, as will a former stroke patient.

· As of May, just over 405 hospitals out of the 5,815 total hospitals in the U.S. were listed on the Gold Plus honor roll.
· St. Joseph is the only hospital in the Brazos Valley to receive this distinction.
· Along with St. Joseph, 26 other hospitals in the state have achieved Gold Plus level performance.
· To make the list, hospitals must meet the ASA’s standards 85% of the time for 24 consecutive months.

· St. Joseph developed a comprehensive system for rapid diagnosis and treatment of stroke patients admitted to the ER. The hospital aggressively uses clot-busting drugs when appropriate, has neurologists available for patient evaluations and is equipped to provide brain scans.
· Hospitals who achieve this designation have aggressively treated stroke patients with 85% or higher adherence to the ASA’s quality achievement indicators for two or more consecutive years and at least 75% compliance with six of 10 quality measures.

· Most hospitals that implement Get With The Guidelines® realize measurable results, including improved patient outcomes and fewer recurring events.

· Stroke is one of the leading causes of death and serious, long-term disability in the United States.
· On average, someone suffers a stroke every 40 seconds, dies of stroke every four minutes and 795,000 people suffer a new or recurrent stroke each year.
· St. Joseph Health System is a not-for-profit, faith-based healthcare system.
· St. Joseph Regional Health Center (SJRHC) is comprised of a 253-bed hospital in Bryan and a stand-alone Emergency Room in College Station.
· SJRHC is the region’s only Joint Commission Certified Primary Stroke Center. To become certified, the Joint Commission requires hospitals to organize a multidisciplinary stroke team to coordinate care among first responders, emergency room staff, physicians, diagnostic staff, rehabilitation staff and other health providers who care for stroke patients.
· In 2010, SJRHC’s orthopedic services were rated #1 in the state and among the top 5% of hospitals in the nation.
· The St. Joseph Health System includes over 30 locations across the Brazos Valley. Major clinical specialties include orthopedics, neurosciences, cardiac, oncology and maternal/child care services.

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