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June 24, 2022

PNI’s Affiliate Hospitals Announce National Stroke Award 2022

by Amelia Garrison

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Providence Saint John’s Health Center in Santa Monica and Providence Little Company of Mary Torrance, affiliate hospitals of Pacific Neuroscience Institute’s Stroke and Neurovascular Center, received one of the nation’s highest awards for stroke care from the American Heart Association.

American Heart Association presents the Get With The Guidelines – Stroke GoldPlus award for proven dedication to ensuring all patients have access to best practices and life-saving care. Providence Saint John’s Health Center and Providence Little Company of Mary Torrance, have received the American Heart Association’s GoldPlus Get With The Guidelines® – Stroke quality achievement award for their commitment to ensuring stroke patients receive the most appropriate treatment according to nationally recognized, research-based guidelines, ultimately leading to more lives saved and reduced disability.

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Stroke is the No. 5 cause of death and a leading cause of disability in the U.S. A stroke occurs when a blood vessel that carries oxygen and nutrients to the brain is either blocked by a clot or bursts. When that happens, part of the brain cannot get the blood and oxygen it needs, so brain cells die. Early stroke detection and treatment are key to improving survival, minimizing disability and accelerating recovery times.

Get With The Guidelines puts the expertise of the American Heart Association and American Stroke Association to work for hospitals nationwide, helping ensure patient care is aligned with the latest research- and evidence-based guidelines. Get With The Guidelines – Stroke is an in-hospital program for improving stroke care by promoting consistent adherence to these guidelines, which can minimize the long-term effects of a stroke and even prevent death.

“Providence Little Company of Mary Torrance and Providence Saint John’s Health Center are committed to improving patient care by adhering to the latest treatment guidelines,” said Jason Tarpley, MD, PhD, Director of Pacific Neuroscience Institute’s Stroke & Neurovascular Center. “Get With The Guidelines makes it easier for our teams to put proven knowledge and guidelines to work on a daily basis, which studies show can help patients recover better. The end goal is to ensure more people in Los Angeles County can experience longer, healthier lives.”

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Each year, program participants qualify for the award by demonstrating how their organization has committed to providing quality care for stroke patients. In addition to following treatment guidelines, Get With The Guidelines participants also educate patients to help them manage their health and recovery at home.

“We are incredibly pleased to recognize Providence Little Company of Mary Torrance and Providence Saint John’s Health Center for their commitment to caring for patients with stroke,” said Steven Messe, MD, chairperson of the Stroke System of Care Advisory Group. “Participation in Get With The Guidelines is associated with improved patient outcomes, fewer readmissions and lower mortality rates – a win for health care systems, families and communities.”

American Heart Association Awards

In addition to receiving the American Heart Association’s Get With The Guidelines – Stroke GoldPlus award, Providence Little Company of Mary Torrance and Providence Saint John’s Health Center also received several outstanding recognitions:

American Heart Association’s Target: StrokeSM Elite Plus

To qualify for this recognition, hospitals must meet specific criteria that reduce the time between an eligible patient’s arrival at the hospital and treatment with the clot-buster alteplase. 

American Heart Association’s Target: StrokeSM Honor Roll Advanced Therapy

Hospitals must meet specific criteria that reduce the time between an eligible patient’s arrival at the hospital and treatment to remove the clot causing the stroke.

American Heart Association’s Target: Type 2 Honor Roll

Target Type 2 Diabetes aims to ensure patients with Type 2 diabetes, who might be at higher risk for complications, receive the most up-to-date, evidence-based care when hospitalized due to stroke.

Providence Little Company of Mary Torrance and Providence Saint John’s Health Center also met specific scientific guidelines as a Primary Stroke Center or as a Comprehensive Stroke Center, featuring a comprehensive system for rapid diagnosis and treatment of stroke patients admitted to the emergency department.

About Saint John’s Health Center

Providence Saint John’s Health Center is a nationally renowned award-winning 266-bed hospital with physicians, nurses, volunteers and support staff who work as a team to provide the best possible medical care to its patients and the community. Within the past decade, the medical center has received multiple acclamations by these organizations for a variety of services – including cardiac care, coronary intervention, critical care, orthopedics, pulmonary care, joint replacement, neurosurgery, and women’s health. Through the dedication and collaborative efforts of the community, friends, patrons, physicians, nurses, staff and volunteers, Providence Saint John’s continues its world-class tradition established more than 70 years ago by providing breakthrough medicine in an environment of inspired healing.

About Little Company of Mary Torrance

Providence Little Company of Mary Torrance is a nationally renowned, award-winning 442-bed not-for-profit hospital, which continually strives to provide the best possible medical care to its patients and community. The medical center offers a full continuum of health services, including outpatient, inpatient, home health and palliative care services, as well as health education and community outreach programs. In addition to excellent general medical, and surgical and critical care, the hospital maintains a strong commitment to its core service lines: cardiovascular services, orthopedics, oncology, and women and children’s health.

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 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 12 million patients since 2001.

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About the Author

Amelia Garrison MPhil

Amelia Garrison

Amelia is the Coordinator of Marketing & Communications at Pacific Neuroscience Insitute (PNI). She leads the PNI blog, newsletter, and digital communications.

Last updated: July 20th, 2022