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Mills-Peninsula Receives Stroke Gold Plus Award – 3rd Consecutive Year

For the third consecutive year, Mills-Peninsula has received the American Heart Association/American Stroke Association’s Stroke Gold Plus Award, part of the Get With The Guidelines Stroke Prevention Program.

The award recognizes Mills-Peninsula for treating stroke patients with 85 percent or higher compliance to American Heart Association/American Stroke Association standards of care for at least 24 consecutive months and achieving 75 percent or higher compliance with six of 10 quality measures in the Get With The Guidelines program. 

The quality measures include aggressive use of medications, such as antithrombotics, anticoagulation therapy, deep vein thrombosis prophylaxis, cholesterol reducing drugs and smoking cessation – all aimed at reducing death and disability and improving the lives of stroke patients.

Get With The Guidelines is a national quality-improvement program for hospitals designed to ensure consistent care for cardiac and stroke patients following the most up-to-date, evidence-based guidelines and recommendations.

This year Mills-Peninsula also received the Target: Stroke Honor Roll recognition for improving stroke care. This designation means that during the past quarter, at least 50 percent of Mills-Peninsula’s eligible ischemic stroke patients received tissue plasminogen activator (tPA), the drug that breaks up clots that cause a stroke, within 60 minutes of arrival to the hospital (known as door-to-needle time).

“We are honored to be recognized for our ongoing efforts as part of this national initiative set forth by AHA/ASA to decrease disability from stroke,” said Jenny Fung, R.N., stroke program coordinator at Mills-Peninsula. “Our Emergency Department (ED) physicians, neurologists, nurses, ED technicians, registration staff, lab, radiology and pharmacy teams collaborated to develop the best method to achieve the goals of this initiative and provide the highest quality care for our patients.”

“This award reflects Mills-Peninsula’s commitment to being one of the top hospitals in the country for providing aggressive, proven stroke care,” said Mills-Peninsula CEO Bob Merwin. “I am very proud of our dedicated, multidisciplinary team and our entire organization for providing top-quality care every day.”

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