PIH Health Receives Get With The Guidelines® Quality Achievement Awards | Whittier, CA | PIH Health

Published on June 29, 2022

PIH Health Receives Get With The Guidelines® Quality Achievement Awards

American Heart Association Award recognizes PIH Health’s commitment to quality stroke care.

The American Heart Association and American Stroke Association has recognized PIH Health Downey Hospital and PIH Health Good Samaritan Hospital with the Gold Plus Get With The Guidelines® - Stroke quality achievement award for their commitment to providing research-based, high-quality stroke care that supports better outcomes for stroke patients.

Stroke is the No. 5 cause of death and a leading cause of disability in the United States. 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 evidence- and research-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.

Both hospitals also received the Association’s Target: Type 2 Diabetes Honor Roll award, for ensuring 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. Additionally, PIH Health Good Samaritan Hospital received the Target: Stroke Honor Roll award, for meeting quality measures developed to reduce the time between the patient’s arrival at the hospital and treatment with the clot-buster tissue plasminogen activator (tPA), the only drug approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration to treat ischemic stroke.

“PIH Health is committed to improving patient care by adhering to the latest treatment guidelines,” said Krystal Valdez RN MSN ACNS-BC, PIH Health System Director of Quality Programs. “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 that the communities we serve experience longer, healthier lives.”

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 PIH Health Downey Hospital for its commitment to caring for patients with stroke,” said Steven Messe, M.D., 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.”

Congratulations to physicians and staff members who have contributed to this honorable recognition!