Great Plains Health has received the American Heart Association/American Stroke Association award for providing the most appropriate treatment under nationally recognized, research-based guidelines.

Hospitals must achieve 85% or higher adherence to all “Get With The Guidelines”-Stroke achievement indicators for two or more consecutive 12-month periods and achieve 75% or higher compliance with five of eight “Get With The Guidelines-Stroke Quality” measures to receive the Gold Plus Quality Achievement Award, GPH spokesman Jaeli Flanders said.

These quality measures are designed to help hospital teams follow the most up-to-date, evidence-based guidelines with the goal of speeding recovery and reducing death and disability for stroke patients.

Great Plains Health also qualified for “Target: Stroke Honor Roll Elite Plus,” by meeting quality measures to reduce the time between the patient’s arrival at the hospital and treatment with the clot-buster tissue plasminogen activator, the only drug approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration to treat ischemic stroke.

Great Plains Health CEO Mel McNea said the hospital is dedicated to improving the quality of care for our stroke patients by implementing the American Heart Association’s “Get With The Guidelines”-Stroke initiative.