Encino Hospital Medical Center Receives Get With The Guidelines-Stroke Gold Plus Quality Achievement Award with Target: Stroke Honor Roll


American Heart Association Award recognizes

Encino Hospital Medical Center’s commitment to quality stroke care

ENCINO, Calif., May 18, 2017 – Encino Hospital Medical Center today announced that it has received the American Heart Association/American Stroke Association’s Get With The Guidelines®-Stroke Gold Plus Quality Achievement Award and also qualified for recognition on the Target: StrokeSM Honor Roll. This award recognizes Encino Hospital Medical Center’s commitment and success in implementing a high standard of stroke care by ensuring patients receive treatment that meets nationally accepted, evidence-based standards and recommendations.

To receive the Gold Plus Quality Achievement Award, hospitals must achieve 85 percent or higher adherence to all Get With The Guidelines-Stroke achievement indicators for two or more consecutive 12-month periods and achieve 75 percent or higher compliance with five of eight Get With The Guidelines-Stroke Quality measures.

To qualify for the Target: Stroke Honor Roll, hospitals must meet quality measures developed to reduce the time between the patient’s arrival at the hospital and treatment with the clot-buster tissue plasminogen activator, or tPA, the only drug approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration to treat ischemic stroke. If given intravenously in the first three hours after the start of stroke symptoms, tPA has been shown to significantly reduce the effects of stroke and lessen the chance of permanent disability. Encino Hospital Medical Center earned the award by meeting specific quality achievement measures for the diagnosis and treatment of stroke patients at a set level for a designated period.

“We care about our patients’ health,” said Grady Williams, Stroke Program Manager for Encino Hospital Medical Center, “and this award recognizes our ongoing commitment of ensuring stroke patients receive the highest standard of care.”

Encino Hospital Medical Center has also met specific scientific guidelines as a Primary Stroke Center and earned the Joint Commission's Gold Seal of Approval® and the American Heart Association/American Stroke Association's Heart-Check mark for Advanced Certification for Primary Stroke Centers, featuring a comprehensive system for rapid diagnosis and treatment of stroke patients admitted to the emergency department.

“The American Heart Association and American Stroke Association recognize Encino Hospital Medical Center for its commitment to stroke care,” said Paul Heidenreich, M.D., M.S., national chairman of the Get With The Guidelines Steering Committee and Professor of Medicine at Stanford University. “Research has shown there are benefits to patients who are treated at hospitals that have adopted the Get With The Guidelines program.”

Developed by the experts at the American Heart Association and American Stroke Association, Get With The Guidelines-Stroke was developed to ensure the care provided to patients is aligned with the latest research-based guidelines; with the goal of saving lives and improving recovery time.

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, someone dies of a stroke every 4 minutes, and nearly 800,000 people suffer a new or recurrent stroke each year.

About Encino Hospital Medical Center

Encino Hospital Medical Center (EHMC), a member of Prime Healthcare, is an award-winning, 150-bed nonprofit hospital located in Encino, California. It is staffed with 330 physicians and 420 professional support staff. Servicing the greater San Fernando Valley, Encino Hospital provides 24/7 emergency services in addition to a wide range of highly specialized medical, surgical and diagnostic services. Its state-of-the-art geriatric services include a geriatric Senior ER, Comprehensive Senior Care Program, Geriatric Inpatient Wing, and Gero-Psychiatric Inpatient Services. Attracting many world-class physicians, the professional clinical teams at Encino Hospital Medical Center use an interdisciplinary approach to ensure comprehensive care for each patient. Please visit us at

About Get With The Guidelines®

Get With The Guidelines® is the American Heart Association/American Stroke Association’s hospital-based quality improvement program that provides hospitals with tools and resources to increase adherence to the latest research-based guidelines. Developed with the goal of saving lives and hastening recovery, Get With The Guidelines has touched the lives of more than 6 million patients since 2001. For more information, visit

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