American Heart Association recognizes Temecula Valley Hospital’s commitment to quality stroke care

TEMECULA – Temecula Valley Hospital received the American Heart Association and the American Stroke Association’s “Get with the Guidelines-Stroke” Gold Plus Quality Achievement Award with Target: Stroke Honor Roll Elite. 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 Elite, 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. Temecula Valley 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 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,” Darlene Wetton, CEO of Temecula Valley Hospital, said. “Temecula Valley Hospital continues to strive for excellence in the acute treatment of stroke patients. The recognition from the American Heart Association and the American Stroke Association’s ‘Get with the Guidelines-Stroke’ further reinforces our team’s hard work.”

Temecula Valley Hospital has also earned The Joint Commission’s Gold Seal of Approval and the American Heart Association and the American Stroke Association’s Heart-Checkmark for Advanced Primary Stroke Center Certification for their commitment to stroke and neurological care. As a designated Stroke Receiving Center for both Riverside and San Diego counties, their dedicated stroke program helps foster better outcomes for stroke patients in the surrounding areas.

“The American Heart Association and American Stroke Association recognize Temecula Valley Hospital for its commitment to stroke care,” Dr. Paul Heidenreich, national chairman of the “Get with the Guidelines” steering committee and professor of Medicine at Stanford University, said. “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” 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” has impacted more than 3 million patients since 2003.

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