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Stroke Award 2020SEATTLE – (Aug. 19, 2020) – Virginia Mason has earned the American Heart Association/American Stroke Association’s Get With The Guidelines®-Stroke Gold Plus Quality Achievement Award. The award recognizes the medical center’s commitment to ensuring stroke patients receive the most appropriate treatment according to nationally recognized, research-based guidelines.

Virginia Mason achieved this recognition by meeting specific quality measures for the diagnosis and treatment of stroke, with the goal of speeding recovery and reducing death and disability. 

“We are dedicated to providing the highest quality, safest and most appropriate treatment for our stroke patients – from diagnosis and inpatient care through rehabilitation,” said Fatima Milfred, MD, medical director, Virginia Mason Stroke Center. “Outcomes from our stroke emergency care are among the best in the country.”

Get With The Guidelines® is the American Heart Association/American Stroke Association’s quality improvement program that provides hospitals tools to increase adherence to research-based treatment guidelines.

Also, Virginia Mason received the Target: StrokeSM Elite and Target: Stroke Advanced Therapy Honor Roll awards. To qualify, Virginia Mason met quality measures developed to reduce the time between the patient’s arrival at the hospital and treatment with the clot-buster tissue plasminogen activator (alteplase) for ischemic stroke.  

Additionally, Virginia Mason received the Target: Type 2 Honor Roll award. To qualify for this recognition, the medical center met quality measures – with more than 90 percent compliance for 12 consecutive months – for the “Overall Diabetes Cardiovascular Initiative Composite Score.”

Stroke is the fifth-leading 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 and nearly 795,000 people suffer a new or recurrent stroke each year, according to the American Heart Association/American Stroke Association,

About Virginia Mason Health System
Virginia Mason, founded in 1920, is a nonprofit regional health care system based in Seattle that serves the Pacific Northwest. In the Puget Sound region, the system includes 336-bed Virginia Mason Hospital; a primary and specialty care group practice of more than 500 physicians; outpatient medical facilities and services in Seattle, Bainbridge Island, Bellevue, Edmonds, Federal Way, Kirkland, Issaquah and Lynnwood; Bailey-Boushay House, the first skilled-nursing and outpatient chronic care management program in the United States designed specifically to meet the needs of people with HIV/AIDS; Benaroya Research Institute, which is internationally recognized for autoimmune disease research; Virginia Mason Foundation; and Virginia Mason Institute, which trains health care professionals and others around the world in the Virginia Mason Production System, an innovative management method for improving quality and safety.

Virginia Mason Health System also includes Virginia Mason Memorial, a 226-bed hospital serving Yakima Valley in central Washington since 1950. Virginia Mason Memorial includes primary care practices and specialty care services, including high-quality cardiac care; cancer care through North Star Lodge; breast health at `Ohana Mammography Center; acute hospice and respite care at Cottage in the Meadow; pain management at Water’s Edge; an advanced NICU unit that offers specialty care for at-risk infants; advanced services for children with special health care needs at Children’s Village; and The Memorial Foundation.

Media Contact:
Gale Robinette
Media Relations Manager
Virginia Mason Health System
(206) 341-1509


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