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Target: Stroke

Target: Stroke & Get With the Guidelines Awards

Seal for the Get-With-the-Guidelines awards

Every year the American Heart/ American Stroke Association (AHA/ASA) recognizes healthcare organizations for their commitment to quality and improving stroke care by providing patient care in adherence to the latest treatment guidelines through a national quality improvement initiative called Target: Stroke. As members of the Advanced Neuroscience Network, our facilities are working tirelessly to ensure that the communities and the patients that we serve are receiving the best possible stroke care.

As we continue to provide quality care to our stroke patients, all of our hospitals within the Advanced Neuroscience Network were recognized for their efforts to not only adhere to the current stroke treatment guidelines but also provide care faster than recommended in some instances.

For 2017, our facilities received the following distinctions from the American Heart/ American Stroke Association: 

Awards & Accolades

Target: Stroke Honor Roll Elite Plus

Get With The Guidelines – Stroke GOLD PLUS

Delray Medical Center

Florida Medical Center

Palm Beach Gardens Medical Center

Palmetto General Hospital

St. Mary’s Medical Center

Target: Stroke Honor Roll Elite

Get With The Guidelines – Stroke GOLD PLUS

Good Samaritan Medical Center

Target: Stroke Honor Roll

Get With The Guidelines – Stroke GOLD PLUS

North Shore Medical Center

Get With The Guidelines – Stroke GOLD PLUS

Hialeah Hospital

West Boca Medical Center

Get With The Guidelines – Stroke SILVER PLUS

Coral Gables Hospital

Target: Stroke is a national quality improvement initiative of the AHA/ASA focused on improving administration of the clot-busting drug Activase or tPA. The metric for this is known as the door to needle time (DTN), which reflects how rapidly this drug is given when an eligible patient arrives at the hospital. Target: Stroke Continues to raise the bar for rapid administration of tPA.

Since January 2015, hospitals have had the opportunity to be recognized for their efforts in meeting the Target: Stroke quality standards. The existing Target: Stroke Honor Roll levels include:

  • Target: Stroke Honor Roll: Time to thrombolytic therapy within 60 minutes in 50 percent or more of acute ischemic stroke patients treated with IV tPA (current criteria and same volume thresholds).
  • Target: Stroke Honor Roll-Elite: Time to thrombolytic therapy within 60 minutes in 75 percent or more of acute ischemic stroke patients treated with IV tPA (current criteria and same volume thresholds).
  • Target: Stroke Honor Roll-Elite Plus: Time to thrombolytic therapy within 60 minutes in 75 percent or more of acute ischemic stroke patients treated with IV tPA AND time to thrombolytic therapy within 45 minutes in 50 percent of acute ischemic stroke patients treated with IV tPA (current criteria and same volume thresholds).

Get With The Guidelines®-Stroke is a hospital program initiative of the AHA/ASA for improving stroke care by promoting consistent adherence to the latest scientific treatment guidelines for stroke. Since 2003, over 1,600 hospitals have entered more than two million patient records into the Get With The Guidelines-Stroke database. Through the use of the database created with Get With The Guidelines-Stroke initiative, multiple published research studies demonstrated the program's success in achieving measurable patient outcome improvements.

The different award levels for Get With The Guidelines-Stroke database reflect the amount of time for which the hospital demonstrates performance.

  • Bronze: recognizes performance of 90 consecutive days.
  • Silver: recognizes performance of 12 consecutive months.
  • Gold: recognizes performance of 24 consecutive months or more.

The Advanced Neuroscience Network has worked and continues to work in providing quality of care to the patients in the communities of south Florida. We are proud of the awards that our facilities have received and use these awards to help support our mission of improving and enhancing stroke care.

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