Jordan Valley Medical Center and Pioneer Valley Hospital Get the Gold

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American Heart Association/American Stroke Association award hospitals with Stroke Gold Quality Achievement Award

"Our greatest reward is serving our patients. That’s why we’re committed to turning treatment guidelines into lifelines,” said Julia Nokes, Stroke Coordinator at Jordan Valley and Pioneer Valley.

After two consecutive years of demonstrating adherence to rigorous guidelines set by the American Heart Association (AHA) and American Stroke Association (ASA), Jordan Valley Medical Center and Pioneer Valley Hospital have achieved the AHA/ASA’s Get With The Guidelines®–Stroke Gold Quality Achievement Award.

To receive the Get With The Guidelines-Stroke Gold Quality Achievement Award, Jordan Valley and Pioneer Valley demonstrated 85 percent adherence in the Get With The Guidelines–Stroke key measures for 24 or more consecutive months. These include aggressive use of medications like tPA, antithrombotics, anticoagulation therapy, DVT prophylaxis, cholesterol-reducing drugs, and smoking cessation.

“Our greatest reward is serving our patients. That’s why we’re committed to turning treatment guidelines into lifelines,” said Julia Nokes, Stroke Coordinator at Jordan Valley and Pioneer Valley.

Jordan Valley and Pioneer Valley have developed a comprehensive system for rapid diagnosis and treatment of stroke patients admitted to the emergency department. This includes always being equipped to provide brain imaging scans, having neurologists available to conduct patient evaluations and using clot-busting medications when appropriate.

“The American Stroke Association commends Jordan Valley and Pioneer Valley for its success in implementing standards of care and protocols,” said Lee H. Schwamm, M.D., chair of the Get With The Guidelines National Steering Committee and director of the TeleStroke and Acute Stroke Services at Massachusetts General Hospital in Boston. “The full implementation of acute care and secondary prevention recommendations and guidelines is a critical step in saving the lives and improving outcomes of stroke patients.”

In the past year, Jordan Valley and Pioneer Valley were also certified as “Primary Stroke Centers” after demonstrating their adherence to national standards for care and treatment of stroke patients. Issued by DNV Healthcare Inc., the certification is recognized by the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS). DNV’s Primary Stroke Center Certification program incorporates elements from its National Integrated Accreditation for Healthcare Organizations hospital accreditation standards as well as requirements from the guidelines of the Brain Attack Coalition and recommendations of the ASA.

“The number of acute ischemic stroke patients eligible for treatment is expected to grow over the next decade due to increasing stroke incidence and a large aging population, so the time is right for us to be focused on improving the quality of stroke care,” Nokes said.

According to the AHA/ASA, 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.

For more information about stroke treatment and services at Jordan Valley Medical Center and Pioneer Valley Hospital, visit here and here.

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About Jordan Valley Medical Center http://www.jordanvalleymc.com
Jordan Valley Medical Center is a 183-bed, state-of-the-art hospital located in West Jordan, Utah. Jordan Valley Medical Center is equipped with the most advanced medical technology and offers comprehensive health care services, including emergency care, heart care, orthopedic care, advanced surgical procedures, diagnostic imaging, maternity care, sports medicine, and help for a broad range of medical conditions. With an experienced medical staff of more than 370 and a dedicated health care team, Jordan Valley Medical Center is committed to providing high-quality care in a friendly hospital environment. For more information, visit jordanvalleymc.com or call 1-866-431-WELL (9355). Follow Jordan Valley Medical Center on Facebook at http://www.facebook.com/jordanvalleymedicalcenter.

About Pioneer Valley Hospital http://www.pioneervalleyhospital.com
Pioneer Valley Hospital is a 139-bed, state-of-the-art hospital located in West Valley City, Utah. Pioneer Valley Hospital is equipped with the most advanced medical technology and offers comprehensive health care services, including emergency care, heart care, orthopedic care, advanced surgical procedures, diagnostic imaging, physical therapy, sports medicine, and help for a broad range of medical conditions. With an experienced medical staff of more than 370 and a dedicated health care team, Pioneer Valley Hospital is committed to providing high-quality care in a friendly hospital environment. For more information, visit pioneervalleyhospital.com or call 1-866-431-WELL (9355). Follow Pioneer Valley Hospital on Facebook at http://www.facebook.com/pioneervalleyhospital.

About Get With The Guidelines
Get With The Guidelines® is the American Heart Association/American Stroke Association’s hospital-based quality improvement program that empowers healthcare teams to save lives and reduce healthcare costs by helping hospitals follow evidence-based guidelines and recommendations. For more information, visit heart.org/quality.

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