Published on October 27, 2014

Mercy Philadelphia Receives Get With The Guidelines Stroke Quality Award

West Philadelphia (October 27, 2014): On Thursday, October 23, an American Heart Association/American Stroke Association representative presented Mercy Philadelphia with the Get With The Guidelines®-Stroke Gold Plus Quality Achievement Award. This is the fourth consecutive year that Mercy Philadelphia has earned this prestigious distinction.

achievement award“Mercy Philadelphia is committed to providing the highest level of quality stroke care based on nationally respected guidelines,” said MPH Executive Director Susan Cusack. “Earning our fourth consecutive Get With The Guidelines®-Stroke Gold Plus Quality Achievement Award is evidence of our continuous efforts of implementing protocols and standards of care that save the lives of stroke patients and improve their outcomes.”

Get With The Guidelines®–Stroke helps hospital teams provide the most up-to-date, research-based guidelines with the goal of speeding recovery and reducing death and disability for stroke patients. MPH 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. These measures include aggressive use of medications and risk-reduction therapies aimed at reducing death and disability and improving the lives of stroke patients.

Get With The Guidelines®–Stroke also helps staff implement prevention measures, which include educating stroke patients to manage their risk factors and to be aware of warning signs for stroke, and ensuring they take their medications properly. Hospitals can make customized patient education materials available upon discharge, based on the patients’ individual risk profiles. The take-away materials are written in easy-to-understand formats.

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.

The comprehensive stroke care program includes emergency care, diagnosis, designated stroke units, treatment, surgery, rehabilitation, community education and patient support groups.

Mercy Philadelphia is also a designated Primary Stroke Center, having earned the Joint Commission’s Gold Seal of Approval™. The Joint Commission’s Primary Stroke Center Certification is based on the recommendations for primary stroke centers published by the Brain Attack Coalition and the American Stroke Association’s statements and guidelines for stroke care. The Joint Commission launched the program – the nation’s first – in 2003. A list of programs certified by The Joint Commission is available at