Garden City, May 30, 2017, received the American Heart Association/American Stroke Association’s
Get With The Guidelines®-Stroke Gold Plus Quality Achievement Award with Target: StrokeSM Honor Roll. 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, 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, ortPA, 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. Garden City 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. Someone in the U.S. suffers a stroke every 40 seconds, someone
dies of a stroke every four minutes, and nearly 800,000 people suffer
a new or recurrent stroke each year.
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
tools and resources to increase adherence to 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 6 million patients
since 2001. For more information, visit