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
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