Sharp Coronado Recognized by American Heart Association for Excellence in Treating Stroke

On Jan. 14, 2010, Sharp Coronado Hospital received the American Heart Association’s Get With The Guidelines℠-Stroke Silver Performance Achievement Award. The award recognizes Sharp Coronado’s success in implementing a high standard of care for stroke patients, with guidelines developed by the American Heart Association and the American Stroke Association.

“At Sharp Coronado, our greatest reward is caring for our patients. We are proud to be among the hospitals recognized by the American Heart Association for excellence in improving the quality of patient care and outcomes for stroke,” said Marcia Hall, chief executive officer at Sharp Coronado Hospital. “Our involvement in the Get With The Guidelines—Stroke initiative supports our dedication to delivering a level of patient care that is among the best in the country.”

Get With The Guidelines—Stroke is a quality improvement initiative designed to ensure that hospitals consistently provide stroke care in accordance with the most up-to-date guidelines and recommendations. Sharp Coronado received the Silver Performance Achievement Award for excelling in all performance criteria at a level of 85 percent or higher in the care of cardiac patients over the course of the past year. A commitment to these guidelines has contributed to the improved quality of care, and to saving lives.

As a county-designated stroke-receiving center, Sharp Coronado caregivers evaluate each patient’s condition to provide the highest quality care in the treatment of stroke. Sharp Coronado provides comprehensive stroke services as part of Sharp HealthCare, San Diego’s health care leader.

“Sharp HealthCare takes pride in being at the forefront of stroke research and treatment, and Sharp Coronado Hospital’s significant achievement demonstrates this continued commitment to excellence,” said Mary Elington, director of Orthopedic and Neurological Services at Sharp HealthCare. “The Silver Performance Achievement Award is an honor, and recognizes consistency in treating stroke patients according to the most up-to-date guidelines, improving treatment and preventing future strokes and cardiovascular events — quality standards that are central to treatment and care throughout Sharp.”

According to the American Stroke Association, each year approximately 795,000 people suffer a stroke — 610,000 are first attacks and 185,000 are recurrent. Every 40 seconds, someone in the United States is suffering from a stroke. This deadly condition accounts for 1 out of every 18 deaths in the United States.

For more information about performance excellence at Sharp Coronado, call 1-800-82-SHARP (1-800-827-2477), Monday through Friday, 8 am to 6 pm, or visit www.sharp.com/coronado.