CHI Franciscan hospitals have earned American Heart Association/American Stroke Association’s Get With The Guidelines achievement awards for their stroke care, an honor that recognizes a hospital’s commitment to ensure the most appropriate treatment according to nationally recognized, research-based guidelines with the goal of improving recovery times and reducing death and disability for stroke patients.

Harrison Medical Center — Bremerton

Awarded the Get With The Guidelines — Stroke Gold Plus Quality Achievement Award with Target: Stroke Honor Roll Elite

Highline Medical Center — Burien

Awarded the Get With The Guidelines — Stroke Gold Plus Quality Achievement Award with Target: Stroke Honor Roll Elite Plus

St. Anthony Hospital — Gig Harbor

Awarded the Get With The Guidelines — Stroke Gold Plus Quality Achievement Award with Target: Stroke Honor Roll Elite Plus

St. Clare Hospital — Lakewood

Awarded the Get With The Guidelines — Stroke Silver Plus Quality Achievement Award

St. Joseph Medical Center — Tacoma

Awarded the Get With The Guidelines — Stroke Gold Plus Quality Achievement Award with Target: Stroke Honor Roll Elite Plus

To receive the Stroke Gold Plus 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. For the Stroke Silver Plus award, hospitals must adhere to the above criteria for at least 12 consecutive months.

To qualify for the Target: Stroke Honor Roll, Target: Stroke Honor Roll Elite, and Target: Stroke Honor Roll Elite Plus, 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 Food and Drug Administration to treat ischemic stroke