Alta Bates Summit Stroke Center Receives Prestigious Achievement for Eighth Year in a Row

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Alta Bates Summit Stroke Center Receives Prestigious Achievement for Eighth Year in a Row

Clayton Warren | May 22nd, 2018


May is Stroke Awareness Month and for the eighth year in a row, Alta Bates Summit Medical Center was awarded the Get With The Guidelines® Gold Plus Quality Achievement Award from the American Heart Association/American Stroke Association.

A decade ago, Alta Bates Summit was the first hospital in Alameda County to be certified as a Primary Stroke Center by The Joint Commission. The hospital’s stroke center is ready 24 hours a day, 7 days a week with an expert rapid response stroke team and state-of-the-art equipment to immediately evaluate and diagnose stroke patients.

“What distinguishes our Stroke Center is our collaborative, multidisciplinary approach to stroke care,” says Debra Blanchard, R.N., Stroke Center Coordinator at Alta Bates Summit. “Our team includes a team of physicians, nurses, physical therapists, case managers, social workers and other caring professionals who follow patients from the emergency room to discharge.”

To attain this recognition, Alta Bates Summit complied with sets of indicators set forth by the American Heart Association/ American Stroke Association (AHA/ASA) for at least two consecutive years. The hospital also met or exceeded at least five of eight additional stroke quality measures.

In 2017, Alta Bates Summit Medical Center provided care to more than 700 stroke patients with clinical outcomes exceeding regional and national benchmarks. According to the AHA/ASA, stroke is one of the leading causes of death and serious, long-term disability in the United States. On average, approximately 800,000 people suffer a new or recurrent stroke each year.

Every second counts when it comes to stroke.

Since 2007, the Alta Bates Summit Stroke Center has met or exceeded the national benchmarks for the amount of time it takes to administer the powerful, clot-busting drug to patients, greatly increases their chance of surviving a stroke.

In 2017, the Alta Bates Summit administered intravenous t-PA within 45 minutes to at least 50 percent of patients and within an hour to at least 75 percent of patients. This distinction earned the medical center the Target Stroke Elite Plus Award from the AHA/ASA.

“We continue to improve our processes to ensure patients are diagnosed and arrive at the hospital as quickly as possible,” says Brian C. Richardson, M.D., Alta Bates Summit’s Stroke Program Medical Director. “Fast, expert action within the first hours is critically important. This results in improved outcomes for patients through the use of advanced treatment methods.”


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