JFK Memorial Hospital Earns National Recognition for Efforts to Improve Stroke Treatment

INDIO — JFK Memorial Hospital has received the American Heart Association’s Gold Plus Get With The Guidelines® Stroke Quality Achievement Award for its commitment to ensuring stroke patients receive the most appropriate treatment according to nationally recognized, research-based guidelines.

JFK Memorial Hospital is a 145-bed acute care hospital and its ER serves as a Level 4 Trauma Center and Primary Stroke Center.  JFK Memorial Hospital delivers nearly 2,000 babies every year.  JFK has a dedicated ambulatory surgery center, imaging and cardiovascular services.

Additionally, JFK Memorial Hospital received the Association’s Type 2 Diabetes Honor Roll award. To qualify for this recognition, hospitals must meet quality measures developed with more than 90% of compliance for 12 consecutive months for the “Overall Diabetes Cardiovascular Initiative Composite Score.”

Stroke is the No. 5 cause of death and a leading cause of adult disability in the U.S. On average, someone in the U.S. suffers a stroke every 40 seconds, and nearly 795,000 people suffer a new or recurrent stroke each year. Early stroke detection and treatment are key to improving survival, minimizing disability and speeding recovery times.

Get With The Guidelines-Stroke was developed to assist healthcare professionals to provide the most up-to-date, research-based guidelines for treating stroke patients.

“JFK Memorial Hospital is honored to be recognized by the American Heart Association for our dedication to helping our patients have the best possible chance of survival and after a stroke,” said CEO, Gary L. Honts. “Get With The Guidelines-Stroke makes it easier for our teams to put proven knowledge and guidelines to work on a daily basis to improve outcomes for stroke patients.”

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




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