Colorado’s premier mission-driven health care organization, Centura Health, announces nine of its hospitals are being honored for industry-leading heart and stroke care by the American Heart Association/American Stroke Association. Recognized hospitals are receiving the association’s Get With The Guidelines award. “We are pleased to recognize so many of the Centura family of hospitals for their commitment to quality care,” said Eric E. Smith, M.D., national chairman of the Get With The Guidelines steering committee. “Research has shown that hospitals adhering to clinical measures through the Get With The Guidelines quality improvement initiative often see fewer readmissions and lower mortality rates,” Smith adds.
Recognized hospitals have demonstrated a commitment to ensuring heart and stroke patients receive treatment using nationally recognized, research-based guidelines, based on the latest scientific evidence – and only those that meet specific quality achievement measures receive the honor. “These awards validate the commitment we’ve made to the communities we serve,” says Centura Health senior vice president and chief clinical officer Dr. Brian Erling. “Our physicians and caregivers are committed to providing the highest level of care to our patients. By partnering closely with organizations like the American Heart Association and American Stroke Association it ensures that we are always ahead of the curve. These awards are a visual display of that promise to our patients,” Dr. Erling concludes.
Hospitals being honored for superior stroke care are; Avista Adventist Hospital, Castle Rock Adventist Hospital, Littleton Adventist Hospital, Parker Adventist Hospital, Porter Adventist Hospital, St. Anthony Hospital and the St. Anthony North Health Campus, as-well-as Penrose and St. Francis Medical Center. In addition, Porter Adventist Hospital, St. Anthony Hospital and the St. Anthony North Health Campus are being recognized for high-level work in heart failure, with Penrose Hospital receiving honors for its above grade work in resuscitation.
According to the American Heart Association/American Stroke Association, stroke is the No. 5 cause of death and a leading cause of adult disability in the United States. On average, someone in the U.S. suffers a stroke every 40 seconds and nearly 795,000 people suffer a new or recurrent stroke each year.
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