San Ramon Regional Medical Center has been recognized for its excellence in stroke and heart care treatment, with quality achievement awards from two national health organizations.
On Wednesday, the hospital received the two awards: the Get With The Guidelines Stroke Gold Plus Quality Achievement Award from the American Stroke Association (ASA) and the Heart Failure Gold Plus Quality Achievement Award from the American Heart Association (AHA). This is the second straight year the center has received the latter recognition.
San Ramon Regional is also now qualified for recognition on the Target: Stroke Elite Honor Roll program, which is established by the two organizations in conjunction with one another.
All awards were given in recognition of the hospital’s dedication to caring for stroke and heart failure patients with high quality treatment.
"We are dedicated to improving the quality of care for our stroke and heart failure patients by implementing the American Heart Association’s Get With The Guidelines initiatives," said Ann Lucena, CEO of the medical center, in a statement. "The tools and resources provided help us track and measure our success in meeting evidenced-based clinical guidelines developed to improve patient outcomes."
San Ramon Regional earned these awards by maintaining at least 85% adherence to all Get With The Guidelines-Stroke "achievement indicators" for at least two consecutive years, while also maintaining a minimum of 75% compliance with "quality measures" for the program.
"We are pleased to recognize San Ramon Regional Medical Center for their commitment to stroke and heart failure 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," Smith added.
According to the ASA, on average someone in the U.S. suffers a stroke every 40 seconds. Nationally, strokes are the single largest cause of adult disability and the fifth leading cause of death; heart disease being the leading cause of death among Americans.
The AHA has documented 6.5 million U.S. adults currently living with heart failure, but maintains that many heart failure patients can lead a full, enjoyable life when their condition is managed with proper healthy lifestyle changes.