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Scottsdale Healthcare hospital honored for quality stroke care

Osborn Medical Center earns Heart Association/Stroke Association quality achievement award


SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. – Scottsdale Healthcare Osborn Medical Center’s success in providing excellent, evidence-based stroke care and implementation of quality improvement measures for stroke patients has earned the local nonprofit hospital the American Heart Association/American Stroke Association’s 2014 Get With the Guidelines® Stroke Gold Plus Quality Achievement Award.

Showcase in Excellence AwardIt is the fourth consecutive year that Scottsdale Healthcare Osborn Medical Center has earned the award. Stroke care includes aggressive use of medications, such as tPA, antithrombotics, anticoagulation therapy, DVT prophylaxis, cholesterol reducing drugs and smoking cessation, all aimed at reducing death and disability and improving the lives of stroke patients, according to American Heart Association/American Stroke Association.

Scottsdale Healthcare Osborn Medical Center earned the prestigious award by meeting specific quality achievement measures for the diagnosis and treatment of stroke patients consistently since 2011. These measures include aggressive use of medications and risk-reduction therapies aimed at reducing death and disability and improving the lives of stroke patients.

“This award demonstrates Scottsdale Healthcare’s commitment to quality and means patients can expect care that’s consistent using the latest scientific guidelines,” said Kathy Stinson, Senior Director of Orthopedics and Neurosciences at Scottsdale Healthcare. “Our team of expert physicians and compassionate staff members is dedicated to saving lives and improving outcomes for stroke patients and it shows.”

In addition to the Get With The Guidelines Stroke Award, Scottsdale Healthcare Osborn Medical Center also received the Target: Stroke Honor Roll for meeting stroke quality measures that reduce the time between hospital arrival and treatment with the clot-busting agent 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 reverse the effects of stroke and reduce permanent disability.

“Over the past year, approximately 60 percent of our hospital’s eligible stroke patients received tPA within 60 minutes of arrival, which is in line with the national benchmarks. Because administering it is so time-dependent, our team has implemented what’s known as the ‘door-to-needle’ initiative to significantly reduce the time it takes to get the patient through the door and to the drug,” said Stinson. “This data driven approach shows that we are continually raising the bar, allowing us to make real time improvements in care.”

According to the American Heart Association/American Stroke Association, stroke is the number four cause of death and a leading cause of adult disability in the United States. On average, someone suffers a stroke every 40 seconds; someone dies of a stroke every four minutes; and 795,000 people suffer a new or recurrent stroke each year.

About Scottsdale Healthcare
Scottsdale Healthcare is a community-based, non-profit health system that includes Scottsdale Healthcare Thompson Peak Hospital, Scottsdale Healthcare Shea Medical Center and Scottsdale Healthcare Osborn Medical Center, the Virginia G. Piper Cancer Center at Scottsdale Healthcare, Scottsdale Healthcare Primary Care centers, the Scottsdale Healthcare Research Institute and other entities. A leader in medical innovation, talent and technology, Scottsdale Healthcare was founded in 1962 and based in Scottsdale, Ariz.

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 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 4 million patients since 2001. For more information, visit or

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