Saint Joseph Mercy hospitals receive stroke awards for quality performance

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St. Joseph Mercy Ann Arbor, St. Joseph Mercy Livingston and St. Joseph Mercy Oakland, member hospitals of Saint Joseph Mercy Health System, have been awarded the American Heart Association/American Stroke Association Get With The Guidelines® Stroke Gold Plus Quality Achievement Award.  Each hospital achieved 85 percent or higher adherence to all Get With The Guidelines – Stroke achievement indicators for two or more consecutive 12-month periods and achieved 75 percent or higher compliance with five of eight Get With The Guidelines – Stroke Quality measures.

“We are very proud to have received these awards from the American Heart Association/American Stroke Association, and recognition as one of Michigan’s premier health systems for the treatment of stroke,” said Robert Casalou, president and CEO of Saint Joseph Mercy Health System.  “Each year, our stroke centers set out to improve communication, process and treatment for stroke.  Our stroke centers continue to push the envelope and never stop working to deliver the best possible outcomes for our patients.”

A stroke occurs when a blood vessel in the brain becomes blocked or bursts.  The result can lead to brain damage or death.  Prompt treatment is essential to protect brain cells.

Stroke is the fifth leading cause of death in the United States and is a leading cause of adult disability, according to the American Heart Association/American Stroke Association.

On average:

• Someone suffers a stroke every 40 seconds.

• Someone dies of a stroke every four minutes.

• 795,000 people suffer a new or recurrent stroke each year.

• Stroke is one of the leading causes of long-term disability with 15-30% of all stroke survivors being permanently disabled.

Additionally, St. Joseph Mercy Ann Arbor was awarded the Target: Stroke Honor Roll designation, a recognition that clot busting drugs were given within 60 minutes in 50 percent or more of acute ischemic stroke patients.  St. Joseph Mercy Oakland received the Target: Stroke Honor Roll-Elite Plus designation, a recognition that clot busting drugs were given within 60 minutes in 75 percent or more of acute ischemic stroke patients AND within 45 minutes in 50 percent of acute ischemic stroke patients.

In 2016, St. Joseph Mercy Chelsea joined St. Joseph Mercy Ann Arbor, St. Joseph Mercy Oakland and St. Mary Mercy Livonia as Primary Stroke Centers, certified by the Joint Commission.

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