American Heart Association Award recognizes
Sherman Oaks Hospital's commitment to quality stroke care
SHERMAN OAKS, Calif., May 18, 2017 – Sherman Oaks Hospital today announced that it has received the American Heart Association/American Stroke Association's Get With The Guidelines®-Stroke Gold Plus Quality Achievement Award and also qualified for recognition on the Target: StrokeSM Honor Roll. This award recognizes Sherman Oaks Hospital's commitment and success in implementing a high standard of stroke care by ensuring patients receive treatment that meets nationally accepted, evidence-based standards and recommendations.
To receive the Gold Plus Quality Achievement Award, hospitals must achieve 85 percent or higher adherence to 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 qualify for the Target: Stroke Honor Roll, 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. Sherman Oaks Hospital earned the award by meeting specific quality achievement measures for the diagnosis and treatment of stroke patients at a set level for a designated period.
"This award is outstanding news for our patients," said Grady Williams, Stroke Program Manager for Sherman Oaks Hospital, "as it demonstrates to the community our ongoing commitment of delivering the most advanced treatments for stroke."
Sherman Oaks Hospital has also met specific scientific guidelines as a Primary Stroke Center and earned the Joint Commission's Gold Seal of Approval® and the American Heart Association/American Stroke Association's Heart-Check mark for Advanced Certification for Primary Stroke Centers, featuring a comprehensive system for rapid diagnosis and treatment of stroke patients admitted to the emergency department.
"The American Heart Association and American Stroke Association recognize Sherman Oaks 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."
Developed by the experts at the American Heart Association and American Stroke Association, Get With The Guidelines-Stroke was developed to ensure the care provided to patients is aligned with the latest research-based guidelines; with the goal of saving lives and improving recovery time.
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 4 minutes, and nearly 800,000 people suffer a new or recurrent stroke each year.
About Sherman Oaks Hospital
Sherman Oaks Hospital, a member of Prime Healthcare, is an award-winning, 153-bed nonprofit community hospital centrally located in Sherman Oaks, California. Serving the medical needs of the San Fernando Valley, Sherman Oaks Hospital is staffed with over 700 employees and an extraordinary team of physicians. The hospital and its wound center are known for advanced technology and provide 24/7 emergency care in addition to a full range of specialized medical, surgical, diagnostic, and hyperbaric medicine services to improve and save lives. In 2017, Sherman Oaks Hospital was named one of the nation's 100 Top Hospitals® by Truven Health Analytics® for the second consecutive year. Please visit us at
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