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Cedars-Sinai Gets Gold

Stroke Program Receives Gold Performance Award for 2nd Consecutive Year

For the second year in a row, Cedars-Sinai's Stroke Program has received the "Get with the Guidelines" Gold Performance Achievement Award from the American Stroke Association. The award was presented at the International Stroke Conference on Feb. 19.

Cedars-Sinai is one of only 13 hospitals in California currently earning the gold distinction for stroke care. The Gold Award is given for sustained performance achievement of at least 24 consecutive months of treating stroke patients with 85 percent or higher compliance to standards of care outlined by the association.

"Stroke is the third leading cause of death and the number one cause of adult disability. Patients do better if they are treated at centers that can rapidly triage and treat patients with an acute stroke and then provide consistent quality care through their hospitalization based on national guidelines," said David Palestrant, M.D., director of Neuro-critical Care and the Stroke Program at Cedars-Sinai. "The 'Get with the Guidelines' Gold Award recognizes that a hospital is treating stroke patients according to proven guidelines, quickly and effectively."

The guidelines promote continuous quality improvement of acute stroke treatment and ischemic (clot-related) stroke prevention. It focuses on team protocols to ensure that patients are treated and discharged appropriately. The comprehensive program provides an online interactive assessment and reporting tool, resources, quarterly workshops, training and feedback to staff at participating hospitals.

Cedars-Sinai's Stroke Program earned the Bronze Award for initial performance in 2006 and the Silver Award in 2007. Its first Gold Award was presented in 2008.

Based on its commitment to following national standards and guidelines that can significantly improve outcomes for stroke patients, Cedars-Sinai's Stroke Program also recently received certification as a Primary Stroke Center by The Joint Commission.