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CHI St. Vincent North Earns National Recognition for Stroke Treatment Protocol

SHERWOOD, Ark. — CHI St. Vincent North, the home of the CHI St. Vincent Arkansas
Neuroscience Institute
, has received the American Heart Association’s Gold Plus Get With The Guidelines ® -Stroke quality achievement award for the hospital’s commitment to ensuring stroke patients receive the most appropriate treatment according to nationally recognized, research-based guidelines.

“When it comes to a stroke, time from onset of symptoms to treatment is critical for
patient outcomes,” said Shawn Barnett, president of CHI St. Vincent North. “CHI St.
Vincent is proud to partner with the Get With The Guidelines program, as it allows our
providers to implement proven knowledge and guidelines for stroke patients when every
minute counts.”

In addition, CHI St. Vincent North received the American Heart Association’s Target: Stroke SM Honor Roll Advanced Therapy award by meeting specific criteria that reduce the time between an eligible patient’s arrival at the hospital and treatment to remove the clot causing the stroke.

The American Heart Association also honored the hospital with the Target: Type 2 Honor Roll award in recognition of the hospital’s focus to ensure patients with Type 2 diabetes receive the most up-to-date, evidence-based care when hospitalized due to stroke.
Get With The Guidelines-Stroke was developed to assist healthcare professionals by providing the most up-to-date, research-based guidelines for treating stroke patients.

Each year, program participants apply for award recognition by demonstrating how their organization has committed to providing quality care for stroke patients. Participants also provide education to patients to help them manage their health and rehabilitation once at home.

“We are incredibly pleased to recognize CHI St. Vincent North for its commitment to caring for patients with stroke,” said Dr. Steven Messe, chairperson of the American Heart Association Stroke System of Care Advisory Group. “Hospitals who participate in this program are associated with seeing improved patient outcomes while saving more patients' lives.”

Stroke is the fifth leading cause of death and a leading cause of disability in the United States. On average, someone in the United States suffers a stroke every 40 seconds, and more than 795,000 people experience a new or recurrent stroke each year. Early stroke detection and treatment are key to improving survival, minimizing disability and speeding recovery times.

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 12 million patients since 2001. For more information, visit