St. Joseph’s/Candler Earns The Highest Award For Stroke Care


St. Joseph’s/Candler has once again earned the American Heart Association/ American Stroke Association’s Get With The Guidelines Stroke Gold Plus Performance Achievement Award.

This award recognizes that St. Joseph’s/ Candler patients receive the highest-quality, evidence based stroke treatment techniques as recommended by the AHA. Both St. Joseph’s Hospital and Candler Hospital earned the award.

SJ/C has invested in technology that allows our neurologists to remotely diagnose and treat stroke patients in eight rural hospitals in southeast Georgia. But that investment would mean nothing if our physicians and nurses didn’t practice the best medicine.

“Our mantra has always been: every patient, every time,” said Paul P. Hinchey, President & CEO of St. Joseph’s/Candler. “With stroke, time is brain. That is why we’re always committed to providing the most aggressive and proven stroke care available. This award allows patients to seek treatment at hospitals with the best outcomes. Hospitals that have achieved the gold plus designation have proven to achieve excellent outcomes.”

To receive the award, SJ/C achieved 85 percent or higher adherence to all Get With The Guidelines Stroke Performance Achievement indicators for two or more consecutive 12-month intervals and achieved 75 percent or higher compliance with six of eight Get With The Guidelines Stroke Quality Measures, which are reporting initiatives to measure quality of care.

These measures include aggressive use of medications, such as tPA, antithrombotics, anticoagulation therapy, DVT prophylaxis, cholesterol-reducing drugs, patient and family education and smoking cessation, all aimed at reducing death and disability and improving the lives of stroke patients.



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