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Abrazo Health's Arrowhead Hospital Receives Quality Achievement Award for Stroke Care

6/2/2014 12:00:00 AM

PHOENIX – Abrazo Health announced today that Arrowhead Hospital has received the Get With The Guidelines®-Stroke Silver-Plus Quality Achievement Award. The award recognizes Arrowhead Hospital for commitment and success in implementing excellent care for stroke patients, according to evidence-based guidelines.

To receive the Get With The Guidelines Silver Plus Achievement Award, Arrowhead Hospital achieved 85 percent or higher adherence to core standard levels of care as outlined by the American Heart Association/American Stroke Association for 12 consecutive months. In addition, Arrowhead Hospital achieved 75 percent compliance to the Get With The Guidelines-Stroke Quality Measures, which are reporting initiatives to measure quality of care. These measures include aggressive use of medications and risk-reduction therapies aimed at reducing death and disability and improving the lives of stroke patients.

In addition to the Get With The Guidelines-Stoke award, Arrowhead Hospital has also been recognized as a recipient of the association’s Target: Stroke honor roll for meeting stroke quality measures that reduce the time between hospital arrival and treatment with the clot-buster tPA, the only drug approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration to treat ischemic stroke. People who suffer a stroke who receive the drug within three hours of the onset of symptoms may recover more quickly and are less likely to suffer severe disability.

“Arrowhead Hospital is dedicated to improving the quality of stroke care and The American Heart Association/American Stroke Association’s Get With The Guidelines–Stroke helps us achieve that goal,” said Frank Molinaro, CEO of Arrowhead Hospital. “This award demonstrates our commitment to ensure our patients receive care based on internationally-respected clinical guidelines.”

According to the American Heart Association/American Stroke Association, 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; someone dies of a stroke every four minutes; and 795,000 people suffer a new or recurrent stroke each year.

About Abrazo Health
As the second largest health care delivery system in Arizona, Abrazo Health is committed to providing excellent medical care to the residents of Maricopa County. The Abrazo system includes five acute care hospitals: Arrowhead Hospital, Maryvale Hospital, Paradise Valley Hospital, Phoenix Baptist Hospital and West Valley Hospital; and one specialized cardiovascular hospital, Arizona Heart Hospital; with a combined 1,027 licensed beds. In addition, the system consists of Phoenix Health Plans, School-Based Health Centers and Abrazo Medical Group with 14 Valley locations. Visit www.abrazohealth.com for more information.

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 4 million patients since 2001. For more information, visit heart.org/quality or heart.org/myhealthcare.

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