Holy Cross Hospital Receives 2017 Get With The Guidelines-Stroke Gold Plus Quality Achievement Award with Target: Stroke Honor Roll Elite Plus

Holy Cross Award-Winning Stroke Care

American Heart Association recognizes Holy Cross Hospital's commitment to quality stroke care

FORT LAUDERDALE ―  Holy Cross Hospital has received the American Heart Association/American Stroke Association’s Get With The Guidelines®-Stroke Gold Plus Achievement Award with Target: StrokeSM Honor Roll Elite Plus. The award recognizes the hospital’s commitment to providing the most appropriate stroke treatment according to nationally recognized, research-based guidelines grounded in  the latest scientific evidence.

Hospitals must attain 85 percent or higher adherence with 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 Quality measures to receive the Gold Plus Quality Achievement Award.

To qualify for the Target: Stroke Honor Roll Elite Plus, 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.  Holy Cross achieved this honor by meeting or exceeding specific quality achievement measures for the diagnosis and treatment of stroke patients for a sustained period.

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

“A stroke patient loses 1.9 million neurons each minute stroke treatment is delayed. This recognition demonstrates our commitment to delivering advanced stroke treatments to patients quickly and safely,” said Patrick A. Taylor, MD, MBA, President and Chief Executive Officer.   “Holy Cross Hospital continues to strive for excellence in the acute treatment of stroke patients. The recognition from the American Heart Association/American Stroke Association’s Get With The Guidelines-Stroke further reinforces our team’s hard work.”

Holy Cross Hospital has also met specific treatment guidelines as an AHCA-certified Comprehensive Stroke Center, featuring an all-inclusive system for rapid diagnosis and treatment of stroke patients admitted to the emergency department.

“The American Heart Association and American Stroke Association recognize Holy Cross Hospital 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.”

Get With The Guidelines®-S puts the expertise of the American Heart Association and American Stroke Association to work for hospitals nationwide, helping hospital care teams ensure the care provided to patients is aligned with the latest research-based guidelines. Developed with the goal to save lives and improve recovery time, Get With The Guidelines®-S has impacted more than 3 million patients since 2003.

When Tatiana came to Fort Lauderdale  from Russia on vacation for her friend's birthday party, she didn't expect to have a medical emergency.  When Tatiana collapsed on the beach in the middle of the party, her friends called 911 immediately, and Tatiana arrived to Holy Cross' Emergency Room unable to speak, move the right side of her body, or even follow simple commands.  The Stroke Team at Holy Cross' Comprehensive Stroke Center provided immediate treatment.  

Holy Cross' Neurointensivist, Dr. Catalina Ionita, administered tPA quickly to begin breaking up her clot as well as rushing her to the intervention suite.  There, Holy Cross' interventional radiologist, Dr. Laszlo Miskolczi, initiated advanced  stroke treatment within 30 minutes of arrival, and in less than an hour, he had removed a large clot, allowing the blood flow in Tatiana's brain to begin flowing again.  Tatiana was speaking again by the time she hit the recovery room, and by the time she left Holy Cross four days later, she had experienced a complete recovery. Tatiana says that she is forever grateful to Holy Cross and everyone who helped her, and that she had no idea of the advanced treatment options that were available…until she needed them. 

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 four minutes, and nearly 800,000 people suffer a new or recurrent stroke each year.  


About Holy Cross Hospital
A member of Trinity Health, Holy Cross Hospital is a full-service, non-profit, Catholic, teaching hospital operating in the spirit of the Sisters of Mercy. In 2016, U.S. News and World Report named Holy Cross Hospital among the top three hospitals in South Florida and one of only 63 in the nation to achieve “high performing” in all nine medical conditions surveyed. Through strategic collaborations and a commitment to being a person-centered, transforming, healing presence, the 557-bed hospital offers progressive inpatient, outpatient and community outreach services and clinical research trials to serve as our community’s trusted health partner for life. To learn more about Holy Cross Hospital, visit holy-cross.com. Connect @holycrossfl.

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 heart.org.