St. Joe’s recognized for quality stroke care

St. Joseph’s Health has received the American Heart Association’s Get With The Guidelines – Stroke Gold Plus quality achievement award for its commitment to ensuring stroke patients receive the most appropriate treatment according to nationally recognized, research-based guidelines, ultimately leading to more lives saved and reduced disability.

Stroke is the No. 5 cause of death and a leading cause of disability in the United States. A stroke occurs when a blood vessel that carries oxygen and nutrients to the brain is either blocked by a clot or bursts. When that happens, part of the brain cannot get the blood and oxygen it needs, so brain cells die. Early stroke detection and treatment are key to improving survival, minimizing disability, and accelerating recovery times.

“As the stroke director of St. Joseph’s Health, I am delighted we have received the esteemed Gold Plus Award from the AHA for excellent stroke care,” said neurologist Fahed Saada. “This accolade is a testament to the unwavering dedication, hard work and commitment of our exceptional staff. Their tireless efforts have been instrumental in ensuring the highest standards of stroke care and improving outcomes for our patients. We remain steadfast in our mission to provide the best care possible and make a positive impact in the lives of those affected by stroke.”

Get With The Guidelines puts the expertise of the American Heart Association and American Stroke Association to work for hospitals nationwide, helping ensure patient care is aligned with the latest evidence- and research-based guidelines. Get With The Guidelines – Stroke is an in-hospital program for improving stroke care by promoting consistent adherence to these guidelines, which can minimize the long-term effects of a stroke and even prevent death.